Ecoregion: Sierra Madre Oriental Pine Forest

Key Species: Jaguar, Puma, Bumblebee Hummingbird, Ocelot, Margay

 

Our Appeals

Our Appeals

Ancient Forests

Mexico's ancient forests, a wild home to big cats and tiny hummingbirds, are being destroyed. You can help us purchase this habitat for conservation by donating today to our Ancient Forests appeal. For every £25 donated, our partner in Sierra Gorda will be able to buy 1,000m² and place it under protection. If you can, a £100 donation will protect one acre of this precious wilderness.

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Situated in the state of Queretaro, Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve covers an area of more than 946,000 acres (383,000hectares) consisting of 15 types of vegetation including evergreen and deciduous tropical forest, shrubs and cacti, oak forests, pine forests and cloud forests.

 
 
Conservation Action

Although called a reserve, much of the land inside Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve boundaries is in private ownership and therefore unprotected. World Land Trust (WLT) is working with GESG to bring as much of this land under protection as possible.

Threats include cattle ranching, slash and burn forest clearance, illegal hunting, timber extraction and inefficient agricultural practices which lead to soil erosion. Mining and associated pollution, together with urban sprawl also threaten this biodiverse habitat.

 
 

 

 

WLT has enabled GESG to purchase many reserves within Sierra Gorda and is continuing to raise funds to help GESG purchase and protect more wildlife habitat in this area of high biological importance.

Current reserves supported include:

Las Arenitas

San Jose

Las Canalitas

La Tinaja de Climente

El Jagueycito

El Canón del Fresno

Cerro Prieto-Cerro La Luz

Cerro del Pino, Hoya Verde

 

 
 
Biological Importance

Sierra Gorda is Mexico’s richest area for mammal diversity with 131 recorded species including: Black Bear (Ursus americanus), Neotropical Otter (Lutra longicaudis), Porcupine (Coendu mexicanus), Kinkajou (Potus flavus) and Queretaro Pocket Gopher (Cratogeomys neglectus).

Sierra Gorda is home to all six cat species found in Mexico: Jaguar (Panthera onca), Puma (Puma concolor), Bobcat (Felis rufus), Margay (Leopardus wiedii), Ocelot (Felis pardalis) and Jaguarundi (Felis yagouaroundi).

There have been 327 species of birds recorded, including: Military Macaw (Ara militaris), Great Curassow (Crax rubra), Bearded Wood-Partridge (Dendrortyx barbatus), Bumblebee Hummingbird (Atthis Heloisa) and the Maroon-fronted Parrot (Rhynchopsitta terrisi).

There are also many rare amphibians and reptiles found within the network of reserves which comprise Sierra Gorda, including Big-footed Salamander (Chiropterotriton magnipes), Bell’s False Brook Salamander (Pseudoeurycea bellii) and the Chunky False Brook Salamander (Pseudoerycea cephalica).