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Jambue Private Reserve Creates Unique Ecological Corridor
May/June 2009

The highest degree of endemism in plants
in all of Ecuador

NCI 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.

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