THE FOUNDATION

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

In 1998 we created Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco, a non-governmental organization (NGO), to protect areas of critical importance for the conservation of endemic and threatened bird species in Ecuador that are not under the protection of the National System of Protected Areas (SNAP).

We do not protect only the habitats of threatened birds, but also the flora and fauna associated with these ecosystems. We achieve this goal by acquiring and managing land as biological reserves. So far, we have established a network of sixteen reserves, which together add up to 24,500 hectares.

Our reserves are home to more than 1,000 species of birds, of which over 51 are threatened with extinction on a global scale, and with more than 100 species being regional endemics or with a restricted geographical distribution.

At least 200 species of amphibians and reptiles are protected at our Jocotoco reserves, many of which are threatened and range-restricted, and also several newly discovered to science. Large and rare mammals inhabit our reserves including Spectacled Bear, Mountain Tapir, Chocó Tapir, Puma, and Jaguar.

All the Jocotoco reserves have been recognized as Important Areas for Bird Conservation, and they are within hotspots of Biodiversity. Two of them are recognized as sites of the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE).

OUR HISTORY

In 1997, one of the most extraordinary ornithological discoveries in the 20th century occurred in Ecuador. (Ornithologist) Dr. Robert Ridgely, together with a scientific team, discovered a species of bird which was then still unknown to science, in the province of Zamora Chinchipe.

After this encounter, the new species was described as: Grallaria ridgelyi, the Jocotoco Antpitta. The name "Jocotoco" was derived from an onomatopoeia used by local farmers who recognized this bird by its song.

Thanks to this discovery, Fundación Jocotoco was founded with the initiative of conserving the habitat of this species, which is currently classified as Endangered. The Jocotoco Antpitta is possibly the most significant bird discovered in the last 30 years, Especially with the emphasis on conservation.

As part of ongoing growth, we have now established a network of 16 reserves in Ecuador that provide natural refuges for globally threatened birds and other wildlife. Our foundation protects habitat for 36 of the 51 globally threatened species in Ecuador, plus 24 species of near-threatened species, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

BOARD MEMBERS

The Board Members of Fundación Jocotoco is comprised of the following individuals:

  • David Agro
  • Jordan Karubian
  • Carmen Bustamante
  • Niels Krabbe
  • Antonio Páez
  • Michael McColm
  • Andrea Encalada
  • Xavier Muñoz
  • Robert Ridgely
  • John Berton Harris
  • Martin Schaefer
  • Heather Hodges
  • Nigel Simpson
  • Lucía Norris
  • John Rogers

HONORARY MEMBERS

  • Juan Kohn Topfer
  • Walter Jennings
  • Debbie Carr
  • Adela Espinosa
  • Juan Manuel Carrión
  • Doug Wechsler
  • Linda Jennings
  • Andrew Farnsworth
  • Ivan Samuels
  • Walter Gavilánez

JOCOTOCO ANNUAL REPORTS

Our conservation successes are very much a team effort. We hope you enjoy reading about our accomplishments over the past years. For optimal reading click "Fullscreen" mode.