Now the El Dorado Reserve has an additional property located in the upper part of the Cuchilla de San Lorenzo. There are 197 acres of which 74 acres are grazing lands that were dedicated to livestock and the rest is composed of cloud forests and palms, the original habitat of the Santa Marta parakeet.
The El Dorado Reserve was created in 2006 based on the urgency of preserving one of the most important and fragile sites in Colombia, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, home to a large number of unique plant and animal species. In 2013, the Sierra was named the most important concentration of threatened wildlife on Earth. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the place with the highest number of endemic species in Colombia, which places it as the most important for the development of conservation projects at this time in our country.
The acquisition of this property is very important for the conservation of the Santa Marta Parakeet (Pyrrhura viridicata), a species of high Andean parrot, endemic to the mountains and is listed as an Endangered species. This newly protected area gives the Santa Marta Parakeet natural resources important for their development and population stability, the forests are also the feeding, foraging, roosting and nesting place of this species.
The reserve is also home to other important bird species such as The Santa Marta Bush Tyrant (Myiotheretes pernix) EN and the Antpitta of Santa Marta (grallaria bangsi) VU, the Harlequin frogs, atelopus nahumae and atelopus laetissimus, are also endemic to Santa Marta.
In the new properties in addition to the Natural Bird Reserve El Dorado, the “Laguna Sagrada” also is an important place for the indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and also threatened by livestock.
All this biological and cultural heritage generated the need to purchase and preserve the new property, now, ProAves, after 3 years, can provide protection for research activities such as monitoring the population of Santa Marta Parakeet (Pyrrhura viridicata) the program of artificial nests for this species, reforestation and natural restoration programs in order to recover the 74 acres of pastures and provide more and better habitat for species conservation.
The 2530 acres that now comprise the entire Reserva El Dorado now have the maintenance and monitoring of two rangers, being one of the preferred worldwide locations for specialist birdwatchers.
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