The Atlantic rainforest is one of the most important eco-regions in the world, but only 7% of the original area remains, and it is becoming increasingly fragmented. The World Land Trust is raising funds for Reserva Ecologica De Guapi Assu (REGUA) in order to increase the reserve and protect the Atlantic rainforest against further losses. The Reserve protects more than nine different habitat types including Highland Rainforest, Natural bamboo forests, Wetland, Caves and Waterfalls.
Virtual Tours from WLT partner reserve - REGUA
This Virtual Tour shows the Serra dos Orgaos mountains which rise to about 2,000 meters above sea level. Most of the higher ground in these pictures is owned by REGUA and is patrolled by rangers to prevent illegal hunting. In the far distance is the area known as the 'Matumbo Gap', the subject of our latest successful land purchases.
This bird hide was constructed in 2006 overlooking the newly restored wetlands within easy walking distance of the bird lodge and REGUA administrative offices. Within only months of its creation, Cayman arrived in the wetlands and more recently a family of Capybara have appeared.
This Virtual Tour shows a typical view of the lowlands looking towards the extensively forested mountains of REGUA. The clear fast-flowing streams provide pure water for bottling. REGUA is gradually re-planting some of the lower slopes that have been cleared with native species grown in our nursery.
REGUA is gradually restoring some of the damaged and lost habitats in the Guapi Assu valley. These wetlands were drained for farming about 30 years ago, but were re-flooded in 2005 and are now teeming with fish, amphibians and birds. There is a series of trails around the wetlands and REGUA is now re-planting some of the cleared hillsides that overlook them.