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The Western Alliance for Nature responded to an urgent need to save a vanishing species, the El Oro Parakeet which had only 125 birds left, whose nesting trees located on a privately owned parcel in Ecuador, were being cut down. The Western Alliance for Nature waged an emergency campaign to purchase the habitat in record time. This nesting site has now been annexed to the Buenaventura Reserve and together, the 3,000 acres plus reserve contains a cloud forest habitat that is not protected anywhere else and will now be a secure refuge for the El Oro Parakeet as well as the endangered Howler Monkeys, the very rare Long-wattled Umbrellabird and a host of colorful hummingbirds and tanagers.

Sword Bill Humming Bird

Long-wattled Umbrella Bird

In addition, the Western Alliance for Nature, provided matching funds to the Ecuador based Fundación Jocotoco, to acquire the land for establishing a new reserve. The Rio Jorupe Reserve protects over 1,400 acres of Ecuador's Tumbesian tropical dry forest, an endangered habitat of global significance. There are 59 species of birds endemic to the region, including theendangered Grey-cheeked Parakeet, whose population has been decimated by bird trappers. Notable endemic bird species found here include: the Grey-cheeked Parakeet (Endangered), the Henna-hooded and Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaners (both Vulnerable), Blackish-headed Spinetail (Vulnerable), and Gray-headed Antbird (Endangered).

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