These forests, confined to only a small portion of Ecuador and Peru, are unusual for a tropical country as they are dry half the year and brimming with lush vegetation the other half. High numbers of endangered species that are endemic, or found only in this ecosystem, are also present. Sadly, these forests are also extremely threatened, and the region is considered one of the world’s highest conservation priorities as a result.
May, 2012 | Late last year, we recovered this photograph of what may have been the last jaguar in Peru’s Amotapes mountain range. For centuries, jaguars were killed on sight in the region, and this beautiful cat is the last known evidence of the species in what today is the Coto de Caza El Angolo Reserve.
February, 2012 | The San Diego Union Tribune ran a front page profile of Nature and Culture International’s founder, Ivan Gayler. The article tells the story of what inspired Ivan to start the organization, and how it has become one of the most relevant and effective conservation nonprofits operating in Latin America – directly catalyzing the protection of more than 8 million acres.
January 25, 2012 | Two renowned organizations with exceptional track records have partnered to conserve millions of acres of tropical forest and wildlife habitat.
Nature and Culture International is joining forces with San Diego Zoo Global to make a lasting difference for species, communities and the planet. The two organizations are collaborating on four initial projects in Central and South America that will improve the future for animal species and local people by protecting the healthy ecosystems on which both depend.