Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation
Saving Tropical Species

Ceiba connects nature and people, saving tropical species and habitats while helping communities improve their lives and livelihoods.  We focus on Ecuador's coastal forest and orchid-rich mountains, two of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth.  Our approach keeps land in local hands by emphasizing conservation easements and financial incentives to promote sustainable land stewardship.

Study Abroad

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime educational adventure in pristine tropical locales, and benefit from Ceiba’s twenty years of conservation experience and the academic quality of the University of Wisconsin


Your support protects critically threatened forests on Ecuador’s Pacific coast and in the Andes by launching locally-operated nature reserves and linking community development to biodiversity conservation


Ceiba scientists, volunteers, and researchers from around the world study how to protect nature and ensure that communities benefit from ecosystem services like clean and abundant fresh water

Notes from the Field

USFWS funds the Conservation and Sustainable Use Area on Ecuador’s coast

December 25th, 2021 | Catherine Woodward

The Ceiba Foundation received a 3-year grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to advance the Conservation and Sustainable Use Area in coastal Ecuador from on paper to under protection through the application of incentives. The specific activities we propose are to: 1) advise and train community leaders and local government officials on the ...

Ocelots Thrive in Lalo Loor Reserve

September 6th, 2021 | Joe Meisel

Ceiba’s wildlife cameras in the Lalo Loor Reserve picked up a video of a curious Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) strolling the trail system, in the middle of the day.  It seemed curious about our camera, and gave it a sniff or two!  These medium-sized, spotted jungle cats are key predators of rodents, snakes, and ground birds, ...

Tropical Conservation Semester to Return in 2022

August 11th, 2021 | Joe Meisel

Thanks to the improving situation in Ecuador, and the rapid pace of vaccination among university students in the US, our partners at the University of Wisconsin and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito recently announced that Spring 2022 semester abroad programs can proceed!  We at Ceiba are delighted to finally return to what we do ...