Arenillas Ecological Reserve
|Arenillas Ecological Reserve|
|Location||Arenillas and Huaquillas Cantons, El Oro Province, Ecuador|
|Area||17,083 ha (42,210 acres)|
|Governing body||Defense Ministry of Ecuador|
Arenillas Ecological Reserve (Spanish: Reserva Ecológica Arenillas) is a 17,083-hectare (42,210-acre) protected area in Ecuador situated in the El Oro Province, in the Arenillas Canton and in the Huaquillas Canton.
Known mammals in the reserve, according to a 1993 study include the Sechuran fox (Lycalopex sechurae), the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), Robinson's mouse opossum (Marmosa robinsoni), the Pacific spiny-rat (Proechimys decumamus), the jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi), the tayra (Eira barbara), the greater bulldog bat, the common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus), the crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus) and the Guayaquil squirrel (Sciurus stramineus). There are also 153 species of birds of which 35% are endemic. The reserve is a BirdLife International IBA with the following endangered birds: grey-cheeked parakeet (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera), slaty becard (Pachyramphus spodiurus), and blackish-headed spinetail (Synallaxis tithys).
The region is managed by the ministry of defense and visitors must get permission from them to visit the area.
- Arenillas Ecological Reserve (Spanish)
- Arenillas Guide[permanent dead link] (Spanish)
- Reserva Ecológica Arenillas IBA Fact Sheet BirdLife International (Spanish)
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