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Buenaventura Reserve

Current size: about 5,583 acres (2,259 hectares). 

Home to the El Oro Parakeet the Buenaventura Reserve is known as the richest ornithological site in south-west Ecuador and is funded by WLT.


The Buenaventura Reserve

The Buenaventura Reserve protects a beautiful remnant of tropical cloud forest.

The Buenaventura Reserve is where the threatened El Oro Parakeet was discovered in 1980. This is a rare remnant tropical cloud forest at about 1000m altitude on the west slope of the Andes with a rich flora. A simple lodge was completed within the reserve in early 2004. (See a virtual tour of the lodge.)

Wildlife at Buenaventura

The reserve is home to Puma, Ocelot, Howler Monkey and Sloths and the following Globally Threatened bird species:

  • Rufous-headed Chachalaca (Ortalis erythroptera)
  • Grey-backed Hawk (Leucopternis occidentalis)
  • Ochre-bellied Dove (Leptotila ochraceiventris)
  • El Oro Parakeet (Pyrrhura orcesi)
  • Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium nubicola)
  • Little Woodstar (Chaetocercus bombus)
  • Rufous-necked Foliage-Gleaner (Syndactyla ruficollis)
  • El Oro Tapaculo (Scytalopus robbinsi)
  • Pacific Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus occidentalis)
  • Grey-breasted Flycatcher (Lathrotriccus griseipectus)
  • Ochraceous Attila (Attila torridus)
  • Long-wattled Umbrellabird (video clip of an Umbrellabird at Tapichalaca Reserve)
An El Oro Parakeet

El Oro Parakeets. The Birds are being fitted with radio transmitters as part of a research programme aimed at creating a conservation strategy for this important species, which is almost unknown outside of Buenaventura. Photo: © M.Deitrich.

The reserve is also home to over 30 near threatened and restricted range (endemic) species of birds. As well as this exceptional avifauna, the reserve is also an important site for endemic and threatened plants. Examples of plants found at Buenaventura include the folowing:

  • Habenaria
  • Sobralia
  • Oncidium
  • Dracula
  • Macroclinium
  • Brassia


Carbon Balanced

Buenaventura is also one of WLT's Carbon Balanced Programme sites. Visit Carbon Balanced to find out more about this programme

Fundación Jocotoco reserves:

| Buenaventura | Jorupe | Narupa | Río Canandé | Tapichalaca | Utuana | Yanacocha | Yunguilla |

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More Information on the Tropical Forest Project

To learn more about the Ecuador project visit the main project page: Help Save the Rainforests.

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