NCI is working to protect tropical forests – learn Mojino Reserve informationWe protect a number of Latin America’s precious tropical deciduous forests – an ecosystem as endangered as tropical rainforests. These “dry” forests occur in regions with heavy rainfall for part of the year followed by a marked dry season. They are dense with greenery during the wet summers, but become a starkly different landscape during the dry winters when most trees shed their leaves. Because of these dramatic changes, these ecosystems have many endemic species that have adapted to these extremes and live only in these forests.

Our Monte Mojino Reserve (ReMM) in Alamos, Mexico protects the northernmost tropical deciduous forests in North America, an ecosystem that once extended from northern Mexico into Central America, but of which only 15% remains and only 1% is in protected status.

This 14,500 acre reserve conserves a pristine watershed with excellent forest. The Cuchujaqui River has been designated an international priority for conservation under the Ramsar Convention, which protects wetlands.

This area supports the highest diversity of birds in Sonora with approximately 330 species, 35% of which are migratory birds from the United States and Canada that winter in or pass through the area. ReMM is an important site for birds migrating south from the Rockies, as well as for a second migration during the monsoon or rainy season.

In addition, our Monte Mojino Reserve has five species of wild cats including the jaguar, puma and ocelot, and 79 species of amphibians and reptiles (half of the herpetofauna found in Sonora).