Fundación ProAves – por las aves y su hábitat en Colombia

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Conservation of the Cotton-top Tamarin and its habitat in Chocó

27 October, 2020

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The newly acquired conservation property was privately owned and was in imminent danger from destructive from mining. Therefore, Fundación ProAves, with the support of Women for Conservation, acquired the 31-hectares of tropical forest to expand the Tití Cabeciblanco ProAves Reserve, which is located in the department of Antioquia in western Colombia, between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains in the tropical forests of Chocó.

This recently expanded ProAves Reserve has the highest known concentration of the emblematic and critically endangered  Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) and the Black-headed Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps). Because the Reserve is home to an abundance of endemic and endangered species of birds, amphibians and plants, , it was of vital importance for ProAves to protect this area from further degradation. With this important acquisition, natural regeneration can now occur to restore the natural ecosystem.

Conservation property

This land purchase also benefits the local Embera Katío indigenous community, which lives in the area. Through a joint project between ProAves and Women for Conservation, these people have been trained in environmental awareness and have become strong protectors of this natural treasure.

Thanks to the generosity of donors and the skillful management by the allied foundation Women for Conservation, we were able to consolidate the protection of the Tití Cabeciblanco ProAves Reserve.

Sara Inés Lara, Executive Director of Fundación ProAves and founder of Women for Conservation summarized: “We are eternally grateful to our donors and collaborators who joined and raised these funds in record time. This land purchase is vital to prevent species extinction and promote sustainable livelihoods in Colombia.”

We thank our partner foundation Women for Conservation for their efforts to acquire this new conservation area.