This project will focus on tropical deciduous forests in Southwestern Ecuador. Tropical deciduous forests are special and unique ecosystems that are home to many different kinds of plants and animals. The name of this type of forest means it is located in the tropics near the equator and that the trees lose their leaves during dry times of the year. Many of the species that live in these forests are endemic meaning they can’t be found anywhere else in the world!
The Cazaderos-Progreso area in southwestern Ecuador is a region of tropical deciduous forest that is 10,000 hectares. This is equal to about 136,000 football fields! Even though this area seems HUGE, it is a small fraction of what once was there. The entire tropical deciduous forest still standing in Ecuador is only about 1% of how big it used to be and this area is just one section. Imagine how much forest there used to be, and how much has already been cut down! The government in Ecuador has plans to build roads that threaten the last remaining tropical deciduous forests of Ecuador. Because of these plans, it is important to protect these beautiful, extraordinary and highly threatened forests from disappearing forever. Nature & Culture International needs your help to raise money to purchase this land and to design a project with local kids like you and families like yours to make sure this land remains protected forever.
The tropical deciduous forest is home to many large species of animal including the Sechura Fox and the Tumbesian Crocodile. The Sechura Fox is a nocturnal animal that sleeps during the day and hunts at night. They weigh about 4-5 kilograms and eat seed pods, beetles and rodents. The Tumbesian Crocodile, the same species as the American Crocodile, also lives here. The average adult crocodile is 4 meters long and weighs 382 kg ! The crocodiles mostly eat birds, fish, mammals, snails, frogs, but also eat many other animals.
The plants and animals in this forest depend on us to raise money. Lets help protect them!
If you’d like to run a project to help raise money then please get in touch. We can document your progress, put on blog posts with pictures from your project to inspire others to do the same. We’d love to have you help!
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