Fundacion de Conservacion Jocotoco, Quito

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Fundación Jocotoco is an Ecuadorian non-governmental organization (NGO), created in 1998 with the objective of protecting areas of critical importance for the conservation of endemic and threatened bird species in Ecuador that are not under the protection of the National System of Protected Areas (SNAP). Jocotoco achieves this goal by acquiring and managing land as biological reserves.

Fundación Jocotoco was founded in September 1998 to protect the habitat of the local species Jocotoco Antpitta - the name "Jocotoco" is an onomatopoeia used by local farmers who recognized this species for its song.

So far, the foundation has established a network of 13 reserves, which together protect around 52,000 acres. Although these reserves were created to protect the habitats of threatened birds, they also protect flora and fauna associated with these habitats. The foundation has established important relationships with the local communities.

The Jocotoco reserves are home to more than 900 species of birds, of which more than 50 are threatened or near-threatened with extinction on a global scale, and more than 100 species are regional endemics or species of restricted geographical distribution.

In addition, the reserves maintain populations of at least 200 species of amphibians and reptiles, many of which are threatened and range-restricted, and several newly discovered. They also protect large and rare mammals such as the Spectacled Bear, Mountain Tapir, Chocó Tapir, Puma and Jaguar.
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  • The Jocotoco Foundation has secured and maintains many protected areas/reserves in Ecuador. For this it deserves kudos and serious support, moral as well as financial when possible. Many unique...  more »
  • The Buenaventura Ecological Reserve of Jocotoco, in the Province of El Oro and a few minutes from the city of Piñas, the reserve has more than 1300 hectares, with a height between 550 and 1000...
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  • Great Foundation in favor of the comservacion! 👏👏👏👏
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