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Mantled Howler MonkeyLalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve

In early 2004, the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation (Ceiba) presided over the establishment of the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve (Bosque Seco Lalo Loor), located along the coast of Ecuador in the province of Manabí.  The new reserve, Ceiba's second in Ecuador, protects some of the last remaining tropical dry forest found in the country, a habitat type that has been so severely deforested in the past that only some 2% of the original extent remains.  This reserve marks the beginning our our broader effort to establish a forest corridor to connect remaining habitat patches in the region. By 2010 we had succeeded in setting aside, through a variety of conservation agreements, over 12,000 acres of habitat in this corridor. We encourage you to support our efforts in the dry forest by visiting the reserve, volunteering your time and energy, or making a donation to Ceiba.

El Pahuma Orchid Reserve

Pahuma forested mountainThe Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation is working with local landowners to coordinate the establishment of the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve in Ecuador, protecting over 1500 acres of superb cloud forest from logging.  Home to the endangered Spectacled Bear, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan and over 200 species of stunning orchids, the El Pahuma reserve is conserving habitat and contributing to the development of a critical forest corridor linking two larger reserves. Ecotourism and sustainable orchid production will help make El Pahuma economically self-sufficient, while ensuring that the forest will remain a safe haven for its plant and animal residents.

Recently, our work at El Pahuma has focused on the design and installation of a Visitor Information Centro and Orchid Botanical Garden, the commencement of an orchid propagation program, the completion of a 25-year conservation easement, and three biological inventory projects:  and avian inventory conducted by volunteers, an orchid inventory conducted by a Ceiba intern, and a botanical inventory conducted by a team from the National Herbarium of Ecuador.  In 2001, we began construction of the reserve's Information Center, which will provide the public with lodging, a restaurant, and informative displays about orchid biology and conservation.  The Center was completed in the winter of 2002, and we are happy to announce that the grand opening of the reserve on January 18 and 19, 2003.

Visit the El Pahuma section for more information.

Tropical Ecology Field Courses

TCS 2014 Students in Amazon RainforestCeiba offers the four-week tropical ecology course Andes To Amazon, which visits Ecuador's Pacific dry forest, Andean cloud forest, and Amazonian rainforest in eastern Ecuador.  There, students enjoy a superb opportunity to visit and study one of the finest examples of tropical rainforest left on the planet.  Coursework stresses basic ecology, tropical habitats, independent field projects, and current local conservation issues. Students also receive hands-on training in techniques for biological field research. Our previous course was a great success, and our diverse group of students enjoyed themselves thoroughly, see the Course Report for more exciting details.  This year, we have expanded the course to include more in-depth study of the unique and severely threatened dry forests of the Pacific lowlands.

In 2007 we inaugurated the Tropical Conservation Semester - Galapagos, Andes & Amazon, an entire semester in Ecuador!  This program, a collaboration between the Ceiba Foundation and the University of Wisconsin provides instruction and hands-on training in terrestrial and marine ecology, and conservation science. Students live with host families and get credit for Spanish study as part of a 16-credit semester. The semester concludes with a one-month internship for a local conservation organization. More information is available here.

Beginning in 2000, Ceiba has offered several scholarships for course participants. This year two Ecuadorian students were awarded full scholarships, specifically intended to make the course accessible to local students.  Scholarships are awarded through a separate application process, information for which is available online.

Volunteer and Intern Program

Over the past several years, Ceiba has made available a number of volunteer and intern positions to assist us in our conservation projects. We have enjoyed the participation of a number of students and graduates, whose efforts have been both productive and diverse:  mapping the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve trail system, surveying the reserves orchids and birds, developing an in-vitro orchid propagation program, designing layout of a guide to El Pahuma's orchids, and improvement of the botanical garden at the reserve.  Descriptions of the work carried out by our previous volunteers, interns and researchers can be found here.

Ceiba inaugurated a new Conservation Internship program, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin, connecting students from a variety of fields to a range of community development, habitat protection, scientific research, sustainable agriculture and environmental education programs in Ecuador.

Read Our Annual Newsletter

To read more about the foundations current priorities and past achievements, please feel free to browse through these issues of our annual newsletter, Kapok:

Kapok 2016

Kapok 2014
Kapok 2014

Kapok 2013
Kapok 2012
Kapok 2011
Kapok 2010
Kapok 2008
Kapok 2006
Kapok 2005
Kapok 2004

Ceiba Annual Newsletter
Kapok 2016

Further Inquiries

For detailed descriptions of any of our projects, please contact Ceiba directly.


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