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The Ecuador Forests

Ecuadorian Rainforest

The Ecuador Forests Project helps safeguard diverse wildlife in an area where over 80 per cent of the tropical rainforests have already been destroyed, leaving many species globally threatened.

Find out how the WLT is saving rainforests in Ecuador...

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Project Aim

The Ecuador Rainforests project aims to purchase and protect some of Ecuador's most threatened and biodiverse forests for conservation and management by WLT's partners.

The project safeguards critically important habitats for many of Ecuador's rarest bird species including the Jocotoco Antpitta, as well as a wide variety of other animals such as Jaguar and Howler Monkey.


Fundación Jocotoco »
Fundación EcoMinga »
Fundación Pro-Bosque »
Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador »

Other projects in Ecuador:

Keepers of the Wild »
Plant a Tree »

How the WLT is helping

WLT has already helped all four of our partners in Ecuador save thousands of acres of tropical forests and other vital habitats that are now protected as nature reserves. This is providing a safe haven for a wealth of wildlife – from the Spectacled Bear to the Jaguar.

Urgent funding needed

This successful expansion of reserves means our partners need greater support in ensuring the protection of the nature reserves and all their wildlife. Through the Keepers of the Wild appeal, WLT is putting more rangers in the field to protect the reserves from illegal loggers and hunters.

WLT's support for all four of our partners across Ecuador is creating a strong foundation for country-wide conservation success.

Donate to the Action Fund »

Donate to Keepers of the Wild »

Jocotoco Antpitta
The Jocotoco Antpitta remained undiscovered until 1997. It is now protected by Fundación Jocotoco's Tapichalaca reserve. Photo © Fransisco Sornoza



Over 1,600 bird species, about 17% of the world's total including the Jocotoco Antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi) discovered in 1997 in what is now the Tapichalaca reserve.


A wide variety, including Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus), Woolly Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque), Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus didactylus), Jaguar (Panthera onca), Ocelot (Leopardis pardalis), Jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi) and many bats and monkey species.


Over 400 amphibian species, including the Tapichalaca treefrog, a new species recently discovered on Fundación Jocotoco’s Tapichalaca Reserve (purchased with the support of WLT).


Well over 16,000 species of plants (25% of which are endemic), including 4,000 species of orchids.

Learn more about animals in our reserves »

Threats to Ecuador's forests

Very little intact habitat remains, perhaps as little as 10% in the Andean and western coastal provinces of Ecuador, due to relatively high human population density in this area. Ecuador's forests also contain large numbers of endemic species and many are globally threatened.

Buenaventura Reserve
The Buenaventura Reserve, owned and protected by Fundación Jocotoco with the help of WLT funding

The reserves

Total acres supported by WLT: 14,412 acres (5833 ha)

With four different partners in Ecuador, WLT has funded many different reserves. Find out more about these reserves on our reserve pages:

See a map of the Ecuador reserves »

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