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   Creating win-win solutions for biodiversity and people

Ceiba’s mission is to help people improve their livelihoods through the conservation of biodiversity.  Our focus is on protecting the seasonally dry tropical forests of western Ecuador, and the Andean cloud forests, two of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth.  We believe that conservation of biodiversity will alleviate poverty if rural landowners and communities are empowered to make ecologically-sound land management decisions.  Founded in 1997, with headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, Ceiba works primarily in the South American nation of Ecuador, a country that comprises some of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems.

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Blue Nymphalid butterfly in Amazon rainforest

Tropical Conservation Semester Spreads its Wings

January 13th, 2018 | Joe Meisel

Like a caterpillar spending months gathering its energies to become a butterfly, students on the 2018 Tropical Conservation Semester have been packing, buying gear, practicing Spanish, and completing a hundred other preparations, readying themselves to emerge from ...

Kapok Annual Newsletter 2017

November 27th, 2017 | Alyssa Daniels

2017 Annual Newsletter November 2017 download PDF What is Kapok?   Table of Contents Earthquake Recovery Recovery from Disaster Catalyzes Positive Change Relief and Recovery Fund Summary 2016-2017  Coastal Dry Forest Producing Science, and Food, ...

El Pahuma: one of best places to see orchids in Ecuador!

November 27th, 2017 | Catherine Woodward

The El Pahuma Orchid Reserve was written up as one of the best places to see orchids in Ecuador, near Quito, according to a 2017 article by CultureTrip. This lush cloud forest, owned by the Lima family, ...

La Reserva Bosque Seco Lalo Loor es otro de los últimos refugios del Mono Aullador de la Costa. ... See MoreSee Less

¡Ya está en circulación nuestro más reciente número! no. 108 Contenido ¿EL AULLIDO FINAL DEL MONO NEGRO? El mono negro o aullador de la Costa una vez reinó en los bosques que cubrían todo e...

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Another surprise that our camera trap project gives us!! A female of Ecuadorian White-fronted Capuchin (Cebus aequatorialis) with a little baby on her back!! This species is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN mainly due to habitat loss.
Our efforts to create a Biological Corridor in Coastal Ecuador will increase the effective habitat for this and other species reducing their extinction risk.

¡¡Otra sorpresa que nos da nuestro proyecto de cámaras trampa!! ¡¡Una hembra de mono capuchino ecuatoriano (Cebus aequatorialis) con un pequeño bebé en su espalda!! Esta especie está catalogada En Peligro Crítico de extinción por la UICN principalmente debido a la pérdida de hábitat.
Nuestros esfuerzos para crear un Corredor Biológico en la costa ecuatoriana incrementarán el hábitat efectivo para esta y otras especies, reduciendo el riesgo de extinción.
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Happy Holidays from the Ceiba family to yours! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our camera trap project keeps giving us beautiful pictures and really valuable information about mammals in the area. Over this year we had been gathering information to create distribution models of the different mammal species. These models will help us to understand how the different species use the forest and which variable could be affecting its distribution, such us forest patch size, proximity to human settlements... This information will be extremely useful to implement an effective biological corridor.
Thank so much to all interns and volunteers that have been helping out in the long walks and data entry sessions.

Nuestro proyecto de cámaras trampa sigue dándonos preciosas imágenes e información muy importante acerca de los mamíferos de nuestra zona. A lo largo de este año hemos estado recolectando información para crear modelos de distribución de las distintas especies de mamíferos. Estos modelos nos ayudarán a entender cómo las distintas especies usan el bosque y qué variables pueden estar afectando su distribución, tales como el tamaño del fragmento de bosque, la cercanía a asentamientos humanos... Esta información será vital para implementar un corredor biológico que sea efectivo.
Gracias a todos los internos y voluntarios que nos han ayudado en las largas caminatas y sesiones de entrada de datos.
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