Conservation

Black-mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata)

TMA’s flagship project is the Jama-Coaque Reserve, which was established to protect the core of the Pacific Equatorial Forest in coastal Ecuador. The Reserve is located seven kilometers inland from the Pacific Ocean and 12 kilometers south of the Equator. It extends from the peaks of the coastal mountain range down into the valley of the Camarones River in the northwest of the province of Manabí. It contains two vegetation types: premontane cloud forest along the mountainous peaks and tropical moist forest in the lowlands. The Reserve serves as refuge and key migratory channel for two species of monkeys (Black-mantled howler and the Critically Endangered White-fronted capuchin), three species of wild felines (ocelot, margay, and jaguarundi), 16 globally-threatened birds, and uncounted numbers of other endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna. Forty new species of frog, one new species of snake, and one new species of salamander have been discovered in the Reserve and neighboring forest fragments since 2009—all previously unknown to science. In 2012, two species of frogs previously unknown to live in the area were discovered by intern David Burkart. TMA is registered with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment, under the name Grupo Ecológico Jama-Coaque.

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Next Steps

Our primary goal is to expand the Reserve by 1,800 acres over the next five years, allowing us to preserve land that will almost certainly be otherwise converted to cattle pasture. On a regional scale, we’re working to build a conservation corridor that connects the Jama-Coaque Reserve to Bosque Seco Lalo Loor Reserve 2.5 km to the west and Cerro Pata de Pajaro Reserve 15 km to the north.

Jama-Coaque Conservation Corridor JCR Wildlife Photo Gallery
A baby Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
A baby Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)

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