Fundación Jocotoco


Organisation’s aim:  To protect the habitat of globally threatened species of birds in the Andes of Ecuador, together with all associated biodiversity. Fundación Jocotoco owns fifteen reserves that protect a range of habitats for threatened species, including ones discovered on the reserve as new to science, such as the Jocotoco Antpitta.


Partner History

Fundación Jocotoco was established in 1998 to protect globally threatened bird species of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since then they have successfully created fifteen reserves protecting birds, as well as other wildlife depending on a wide range of different habitats.


Partnership with WLT

Initially approached by Nigel Simpson, a founding Trustee of Fundación Jocotoco, World Land Trust (WLT) has been funding land purchase and protection with Jocotoco since 2003, as part of our conservation work in Ecuador.

There have also been Carbon Balanced projects at three reserves; Buenaventura, Tapichalaca and Yanacocha.

Tree planting has taken place on the Buenaventura, Tapichalaca, Yanacocha and Jorupe reserves since 2006, using funds from WLT’s Reforestation programme.

WLT also supports Fundación Jocotoco through the Keepers of the Wild programme, which funds rangers on our partners’ reserves.


Other projects and activities

  • Organising community programmes, including hosting school visits at the Buenaventura Reserve to educate local children about the conservation of the El Oro Parakeet;
  • Running tree nurseries that grow tens of thousands of seedlings for use in reforestation projects;
  • Scientific research on topics including the Pale-headed Brush Finch programme, reforestation and management plans for the area.

Awards and achievements

  • In 2007, the Buenaventura Reserve received an award for promoting eco-tourism to the Province of El Oro area.

Contact Details

Executive Director: Rocío Merino Utreras