The purchase will be carried out by Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador (NCEcuador), one of WLT’s partners in Ecuador.
In total CCF has donated £25,118 to safeguard the property. Purchasing the land was a priority in order to stop it being bought by silica and gold miners who would irreversibly damage the ecosystem.
Nangaritza is home to some of the highest levels of plant diversity in the world including, some fragile areas that have never been explored by scientists. The area is at risk of exploitation by illegal loggers and miners.
CCF is a charity set up by Chessington World of Adventures Resort. In 2012 CCF funded the creation of a nature reserve in south west Ecuador to protect 128 acres of threatened habitat, the same size as their resort in Surrey.
Chessington is a British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) member and a supporter of WLT’s Wild Spaces programme
In addition to the funding of land purchase in Ecuador, CCF has provided additional funds to support Keeper of the Wild Guilbert Aponte. As a ranger for NCEcuador, Guilbert protects the Tumbesian forest of the Cazaderos Reserve.
In 2014 Chessington World of Adventures staff members Lisa Britton and Colleen Ryan visited Cazaderos to see how CCF donations are benefiting conservation and explore the flora and fauna of the reserve.
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