Intag’s forests are one of those biological jewels that may harbor more species facing extinction than many entire nations. The few remaining stands of forests left in Northwest Ecuador, where Intag is located, are part of the Tropical Andes, the most diverse of the world’s 36 Biodiversity Hotspots. This is where, amidst primary cloud forests and pristine streams that the current Ecuadorian government proposes to build a large-scale open pit copper mine. The site is the known habitat of many rare and endangered species for Ecuador and the world, including, Spectacled Bears, Mantled Howler Monkey, plus several species of felines, including, Jaguars, Ocelots, Pumas, and Margays. Th forest where the mine would be built also harbor some of the last groups of the critically endangered Brown-faced Spider Monkey. Several birds are also threatened, including the Choco Vireo and the Black-breasted Puffleg Hummingbird. The latter has only been found in two small patches of cloud forests- one of which is in Intag. Animals are not the only ones at risk, however.
An Introduction to the biodiversity of Ecuador's cloud forests.
by Carlos Zorrilla August. 02, 2019 1249 views
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