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Welcome to Ceiba

   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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Campaign to Purchase Critical Forest Corridor in Coastal Ecuador

May 3rd, 2018 | Catherine Woodward

The Ceiba Foundation has an opportunity to purchase the last forest connection between the Bosque Seco Lalo Loor (BSLL, or Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve) and large remnant forests to the south along the Jama ...

Let Me Tell You ‘Bout the Birds and the Bees … and Iguanas

April 12th, 2018 | Joe Meisel

In Galapagos there is courtship in the air.  The 2018 Tropical Conservation Semester is in the midst of a three week tour of these world-famous islands, and everywhere we go we see Blue-footed Boobies displaying ...

King of the Jungle (actually, Queen)

March 16th, 2018 | Joe Meisel

The  2018 Tropical Conservation Semester spent an amazing two weeks in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, and had the incredible good fortune of spotting a jaguar (Panthera onca) on our final day!  The top predator ...

Meet our interns! Sam Lieb is a GIS/Agroforestry intern at the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve from Omaha, Nebraska. He spent the past semester studying ecology and agriculture at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and hopes that the experience he gains while working with the farmers of Manabí will help him to better find balances between agriculture and conservation in the future.

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Oil development continues in the ITT block of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Here's a recent photo of the construction of facilities in Block 43 that will access 651 wells. We must stay vigilant and make sure the oil companies comply with the environmental guidelines under which they were permitted to do this! Its horrible, but if rampant colonization can be prevented, the loss of biodiversity and forest cover can be minimized.

La explotación petrolera continua en el bloque 43 del ITT. Esa foto reciente demuestra la construcción de las facilidades que acederán a 651 pozos. ¡Debemos permanecer atentos y asegurarnos de que las compañías petroleras cumplan con las pautas medioambientales bajo las cuales se les permitió hacer esto! Es horrible, pero si se puede prevenir la colonización desenfrenada, la pérdida de biodiversidad y la cubierta forestal se pueden minimizar.
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Meet our interns! Mickey Maurer is originally from Minnesota, studies Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Spanish in New Orleans at Tulane University, and recently spent a semester studying in Quito before coming to the coast as a Wildlife Monitoring Intern at the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve! At the reserve, she’s focusing on surveying wildlife highway mortality and howler monkeys, specifically looking at how seasonality impacts troop distribution. When she’s not looking through her binoculars, Mickey loves to spend time painting and field sketching, practicing yoga, reading, and trying as many Ecuadorian fruits as possible.

Want to become an intern at Lalo Loor? Head to to learn more.
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Ceiba’s Tropical Conservation Semester takes students out of typical classrooms and directly into Ecuador’s diverse ecosystems. Students receive 16 honors credits from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and gain practical experience in conservation. Apply today for our spring 2019 program at ... See MoreSee Less

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