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Grey-backed Hawk.

World Land Trust (WLT) has funded the purchase of 64 acres (26 hectares) of dry forest to extend La Ceiba Reserve in southern Ecuador.

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The reserve is home to two bird species classified as Endangered by IUCN: Grey-backed Hawk (Leucopternis occidentalis) and Grey-cheeked Parakeet (Brotogeris pyrrhopterus).

The purchase was made possible thanks to donations to WLT’s Buy an Acre programme, in partnership with Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador (NCEcuador).


Grey-cheeked Parakeet. © Fundación Pro-Bosque.

La Ceiba Reserve is located in the highly diverse dry forests of Ecuador’s Tumbesian region on the border with Peru. The reserve is named after the Ceiba, a species of tree remarkable for its towering height – up to 130 foot (40 metres), for its buttress roots and for its straight and branchless trunk that opens up into a huge, spreading canopy.

Also present are Bush Dog (Speothos venaticus), classified as Near Threatened, Puma (Puma concolor) and Water Opossum (Chironectes minimus).

Local residents

La Ceiba is an area in which NCEcuador works closely with the local residents under a co-management conservation strategy supporting a range of sustainable projects. This grass roots approach promotes the economic well-being of local community members while simultaneously protecting the ecosystem.

NCEcuador staff have also been working with the local government to advance the process of declaring La Ceiba as a Municipal Reserve, affording it greater protection.

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WLT has been supporting the expansion of La Ceiba Reserve since 2013, when Buy an Acre funds extended the reserve by 133 acres (54 hectares).

You can help save more threatened habitat in Ecuador by donating to Buy an Acre.

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