New reserve unit in the Rio Zunac watershed

 

As promised in our last post, we have lots of interesting news to report, including several new land purchases near our existing Banos-area reserves in Ecuador. I will treat each of them in separate posts. Today we are pleased to announce the purchase of a new 20 hectare reserve unit in the Rio Zunac watershed near Banos, pending final approval of the plans by the municipal government (a formality at this point).  This new reserve was made possible by a donation from psychology professor and comedian Noah Britton, who asked that it be named the “Noah Britton-Flavored Preserves”. Additional funding came from EcoMinga Director Lori Espinoza, who organized a special Galapagos trip whose profits went to EcoMinga. The top of this reserve adjoins the Los Llanganates National Park at 2000m elevation; the reserve extends protection down to the Rio Zunac itself at 1800m. This is one of the wettest areas in Ecuador, as shown in the precipitation map below.

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Location of our Banos-area reserves, superimposed on a precipitation map of Ecuador. The Rio Zunac area reserves, detailed in the map below, are under the third (counting from left to right) of the four dots in the upper row of white dots (there are two rows, the upper row of four dots and the second row of two dots). Map by Lou Jost/EcoMinga. 

Here is a detailed map of our reserve unts in the Rio Zunac watershed, including the new Noah Britton-Flavored Preserves at upper right.

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The new reserve unit and neighboring units. See locator map above for location within Ecuador. The green boundary marks the Los Llanganates National Park. The unlabeled blue and magenta outlines are other recent acquisitions which will be discussed in our next post. Click map to enlarge.

This reserve unit is very near our main Rio Zunac Reserve, and primary forest fills the gap between them, so many of the same individual animals that use our Rio Zunac Reserve will also use this new reserve. Among the globally endangered species of animals found here are the Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) and the Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori). We expect to eventually find many of the special endemic plant species of this area, such as our new Magnolia trees, and if we are lucky we may be able to discover some new species here as well.

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A young Black-and-Chestnut Eagle in our Rio Zunac Reserve. Click image to enlarge. Photo: Fausto Recalde/EcoMinga.

Thank you Noah and Lori for your support in protecting this very important area.

Lou Jost, EcoMinga

 

 

 

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