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Yanacocha Reserve

Current size: about 2,965 acres (1,200 hectares)

The Yanacocha Reserve near Quito is supported by WLT land purchase and WLT Carbon Balanced funding


Yanacocha Reserve

The Yanacocha Reserve, just north of Quito was created to protect almost the entire known world population of Critically Endangered Black-breasted Puffleg.

The reserve was established in 2001 to protect almost the entire known world population of the Critically Endangered hummingbird, the Black-breasted Puffleg, whose known range is restricted to the Pichincha Volcano, just north west of Quito. The habitat is mainly high altitude Polylepis forest, of a type which is severely depleted throughout the Andes due to agriculture and charcoal production.

The management of the reserve very much involves the local community, who offered the land for purchase to Fundación Jocotoco. It is a popular site for visitors from Quito, with spectacular views over the summit of Pichincha, and to more distant volcanoes. Many of the hummingbirds, including Swordbills can be closely seen at feeders.

Wildlife at Yanacocha

Yanacocha is home to Puma and Spectacled Bear and the Critically Endangered Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis), the emblematic bird of Quito.

Near Threatened and restricted range bird species found here include:

Black-breasted Puffleg

Black-breasted Puffleg. Yanacocha is one of very few known locations for this hummingbird species, whose preferred habitat seems to be the forested ridges of the reserve.

  • Curve-billed Tinamou (Nothoprocta curvirostris)
  • Carunculated Caracara (Phalcoboenus carunculatus)
  • Imperial snipe (Gallinago imperialis)
  • Golden-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis mosquera)
  • Rainbow-bearded Thornbill (Chalcostigma herrani)
  • Ecuadorian Hillstar (Oreotrochilus chimborazo)
  • Giant Conebill (Oreomanes fraseri)

Carbon Balanced

Yanacocha is 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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