Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco

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Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco (Jocotoco Conservation Foundation) is an Ecuadorian non-governmental environmental organization. It was established to purchase and protect land important to the conservation of endangered birds in Ecuador.[1]

Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco established its first reserve, the Tapichalaca Biological Reserve, in 1998 to protect the type locality and main range of the newly discovered Jocotoco antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi).[2] The reserve now protects more than 2870 hectares of forest and an associated 380+ species of birds and numerous range-restricted plants, amphibians, mammals, and invertebrates.[3][4][5]

Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco has established eleven reserves protecting 16,000 hectares (40,000 acres):

Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco supports an active research program at the reserves. Projects include:

  • Documenting reproductive biology and identifying critical breeding habitat of Esmeraldas woodstar in coastal Ecuador[9]


  1. ^ "Fundación Jocotoco Ecuador". Fundación Jocotoco - Jocotours.
  2. ^ Krabbe, N. Agro, D.J., Rice, N.H., Jacome, M., Navarrete, L. & Sornoza M., F. 1999. A new species of antpitta (Formicariidae: Grallaria) from the southern Ecuadorian Andes. Auk 116: 882-890.
  3. ^ Harris, J. B. C., D. Tirira, P. Álvarez, and V. Mendoza. 2008. Altitudinal range extension for Cebus albifrons (Primates: Cebidae) in southern Ecuador. Neotropical Primates 15:22-24 pdf full text[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Harris, J. B. C., R. L. Carpio A., M. K. Chambers, and H. F. Greeney. 2008. Altitudinal and geographical range extension for Bicoloured Antvireo Dysithamnus occidentalis punctitectus in south-east Ecuador, with notes on its nesting ecology. Cotinga 30: 63-65.
  5. ^ Breure, A. S. H.; Borrero, F. J. (2008). "An annotated checklist of the land snail family Orthalicidae (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Orthalicoidea) in Ecuador, with notes on the distribution of the mainland species". Zootaxa. 1768 (1): 1–40. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.1768.1.1.
  6. ^ "Pechiche: el árbol que puede salvar al segundo colibrí más pequeño del mundo en Ecuador". Noticias ambientales (in Spanish). 2020-06-16. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  7. ^ "New project to protect El Oro Parakeet". BirdGuides. 2019-08-05. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  8. ^ "What this alien-looking creature is -- and why you shouldn't be afraid of it". ZME Science. 2019-10-01. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  9. ^ Harris, J. Berton C.; Ágreda, Ana E.; Juiña, Mery E.; Freymann, Bernd P. (2009). "Distribution, plumage, and conservation status of the endemic (Chaetocercus berlepschi) of western Ecuador". The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 121 (2): 227–239. doi:10.1676/08-079.1.

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