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The highest degree
of endemism in plants
in all of Ecuador
recently purchased over 2,200 acres within the watershed of the
Jambue River in a spectacular section of cloud forest on the outskirts
of Podocarpus National Park. Funds for this purchase came in part
from schools contributing through the Earth's Birthday gift for
the earth project. The acquisition creates a one-of-a-kind ecological
corridor connecting the Andean and sub-Andean paramo, cloud forest,
and tropical humid forest ecosystems. Constituting the highest degree
of endemism in plants in all of Ecuador, this region also boasts
the greatest numbers of new species registrations over the past
two decades in all of the neotropics. A variety of unique species
make their home here including the mountain tapir, spectacled bear,
and dwarf deer, as well as numerous reptiles, amphibians and birds.