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Ecuador Neblina Reserve

The Neblina Reserve is an important protected area of cloud forest, with extraordinary biodiversity and many endemic species

The Neblina Reserve cloud forest

The Neblina Reserve consists of over 2,200 hectares of threatened high altitude cloud forest in north-west Ecuador. Teeming with wildlife, this area of forest is unusually rich in orchids and epiphytes alongside endangered animal species such as spectacled bears, pumas, ocelots, tapirs, toucans, rare frogs and hummingbirds.

Neblina Reserve is located in the Tropical Andes global biodiversity hotspot. This bioregion is about four times more diverse than Ecuador's lowland Amazon forests, and far more threatened.

The Tropical Andes is the most biologically diverse of all the hotspots and contains about one-sixth of all plant life on the planet, including 30,000 species of vascular plants.

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

Current priorities

Neblina plays a key part in the southern phase of the Chocó-Andean corridor; a project to create an unbroken forest highway from the Mindo Reserve near Quito to the Pangan Reserve in south west Colombia. Since 2003 Rainforest Concern has been purchasing areas of forest to create the Neblina Reserve.

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Rainforest Concern is committed to continuing to extend the Neblina Reserve to expand the overall biological corridor.

We need your help to buy land for the Neblina Reserve, and enable us to create continuous protected forest from the Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve in the north through to the Taminaga Grande community forest in the south.

Neblina news

Protected forest status granted


Neblina Reserve receives its second 'Bosque Protector' status by the Ecuadorian Government

Protection of the reserve

The on-going protection of the land through patrols, monitoring, and research is critical for the successful conservation of this cloud forest. Regular patrols of the reserve by a team of forest guards protect the reserve from hunting, illegal logging or opportunistic cattle grazing.

We use camera traps and GPS to gain valuable information about the recovery of the forest and its wildlife through sightings of key species.

Camera trap media

Puma on camera trap


Camera traps sited around Neblina have captured evidence of many animals including puma and Andean bear