Saving threatened habitats worldwide


Ipsen is a global specialty-driven pharmaceutical company with an ambition to become a leader in specialty healthcare solutions for targeted debilitating diseases, and has an active policy of partnerships. Ipsen’s support for World Land Trust (WLT) is through its growth hormone product: NutropinAq®. WLT has seen Ipsen’s Environmental and Testing policies and has approved both on the grounds of best practice.

The Greener Choice

Ipsen has pledged support to the WLT and is working with them to plant trees on behalf of patients by working with their overseas’ project partners in Ecuador and Brazil. WLT is also assisting with educational publications produced by Ipsen for use by doctors and their patients.

So far 1600 trees have been planted in Fundacion Jocotoco’s Jorupe Reserve on behalf of Ipsen and their patients.


Tree planting in Ecuador

Funds donated by Ipsen are used by WLT to plant trees on the Jorupe Reserve, working with our project partner, Fundacion Jocotoco in Ecuador as part of WLT’s Plant a Tree programme. The trees are planted on land that had been cleared prior to purchase. By planting trees between forested areas it is possible to significantly extend the habitat for wildlife to move safely.

Jorupe Reserve

The Jorupe Reserve on the southern border of Ecuador. The tree on the left is the Ceiba tree (also known as the Kapok tree). It is a dominant feature of Tumbesian forest.

The Jorupe Reserve

Very close to Ecuador’s southern border with Peru the Jorupe Reserve protects an exceptionally important habitat, the Tumbesian dry forest which is, in itself endangered. Jorupe is one of the very best examples of this forest type and protects numerous rare and endemic plants and animals.

To date nearly 200 species of birds have been recorded on the reserve, including several key species including the globally threatened Rufous-headed Chachalaca, Henna-hooded and Rufous-necked Foliage-Gleaner, Slaty Becard, Gray-cheeked Parakeet and Pacific Royal Flycatcher. The White-tailed Jay occurs on the reserve; it has a smallish range in Ecuador and Peru and is seen around the small visitor Lodge at Jorupe.

Jorupe Reserve: a haven for rare wildlife

Mammals of the reserve are elusive and rarely seen, but the rare Pampas Cat (illustrated) was captured on camera on the reserve. While often over-shadowed by their larger and better-known relatives like lions, tigers, and jaguars, small cats are important indicators of the health of an ecosystem.


Jorupe tree nursery

The Jorupe tree nursery. Seeds are collected from the Jorupe Reserve and are grown and monitored for eight months before being planted out in the reserve, to restore forest that had previously been cleared.

White-tailed Jay

The White-tailed Jay occurs only in a small range of southern Ecuador and Peru preferring tropical dry forests. They are frequently seen on the Jorupe Reserve and are known locally as the ‘Urraca’.

Pampas Cat

This rare Pampas Cat was photographed on the Jorupe Reserve. Pampas Cats have not been studied much in the wild and little is known about their hunting habits.


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