An Introduction to the biodiversity of Ecuador's cloud forests.

by Carlos Zorrilla August. 02, 2019 1094 views

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.

Golden Tanager

Golden Tanager

Wolf spider carrying its young

Wolf spider carrying its young

Lichen Katydid

Lichen Katydid

A toucanet

A toucanet

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Patricia Yulee 8 months ago

We have to preserve nature in Ecuador, rain forest is our future

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Carlos Zorrilla Replied to Patricia Yulee 8 months ago

yes we do, unfortunately it's in grave danger.

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Sherry Hill 8 months ago

what a gorgeous set !
[and welcome]

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Carlos Zorrilla Replied to Sherry Hill 8 months ago

thanks for the kind words!

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Antonio Gil 8 months ago

Welcome to PB Carlos. Looking forward to see more amazing photos of yours in the future.

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Carlos Zorrilla Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months ago

Thanks Antonio!

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