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Red-masked Parakeet
Lalo Loor Dry Forest
Staff     Owner     Researchers

Staff

Vicko

Victoria Castro is the reserve manager, overseeing general operations as well as community environmental education and volunteer programs.

Don Bigote

Don Bigote hails from the nearby town of Tabuga, has been a part of the reserve since the beginning, and now serves as the manager of reserve facilities and station cook.


Owner

Eudaldo "Lalo" Loor is the owner of the reserve's forest, a council member for the municipality of Jama, a yogurt manufacturer of high regard, and an emphatic proponent of sustainable land management practices and habitat protection. His commitment to conservation, however, goes beyond the agreement signed with Ceiba to protect his forest. He has consistently promoted rural environmental education programs, waterways protection, soil conservation and regional economic growth. By showing others how environmental conservation and progress are united, he has made himself a leader in his community.

Researchers

Paul Hamilton has conducted inventories and biological studies of the Loor reserve's reptiles and amphibians for the last five years. His results have added immensely to our understanding of this unique habitat, which is rich in species of both groups.

Butterflies of Manabi

Maria Fernanda Checa left Ecuador to pursue a gradaute degree at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on the butterfly diversity of the Lalo Loor reserve, and she and her team have been conducting extensive surveys there. She is collaborating with Ceiba to produce informative posters about the local butterfly diversity, shown here.

Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant

Luis Madrid is originally from Manabí, hailing from the town of Pedernales. He conducted some of the first bird surveys in the reserve, and has since gone one to study in Russia. We expect him to continue working at the reserve in the future.

Dry forest bromeliad

Jimmy Cevallos established the first permanent botanical plots in the reserve, with the assistance of the Ecuadorian National Herbarium. These plots will follow tree growth, flowering and fruiting for many years to come, adding to our knowledge of the unique dry forest flora.

 

 






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