About 300 free roaming Aldabra giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantea) live in Curieuse Marine National Park, Curieuse Island, Seychelles. They are second largest population in the world.
About 300 of free roaming Aldabra giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantea) li... About 300 free roaming Aldabra giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantea) live in Curieuse Marine National Park, Curieuse Island, Seychelles. They are second largest population in the world. © Jason Houston

Ecuador

Galápagos Islands Flagship Species Conservation

Pájaro Brujo Preserve represents 15 years of TNC's work protecting Galápagos' wildlife

Pyrocephalus rubinus. Esta ave emblemática de la isla de Galápagos está protegida en la Reserva Pájaro brujo.
Darwin's flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus. This flagship bird from Galapagos islands is protected inside the Pájaro Brujo Preserve. © Flickr CC 2.0 by J. Maughn

 

In 2005, TNC acquired a property in Galapagos Islands, with the objective of preserving important remnants of cloud forest on the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, contributing at the same time flagship species from this ecosystem. Some of these are the Galapagos tortoise and Darwin's flycatcher. 

This space has been stablished as a demonstrative center for the restoration of these ecosystems, besides the implementation of sustainable production practices. 

Ubicada junto al Parque Nacional Galápagos, la reserva Pájaro brujo ha sido un esfuerzo de más de una década por proteger los últimos bosques de la parte alta de la isla.
Pájaro Brujo Preserve Adjacent to Galapagos National Park, the Pájaro Brujo Preserve accounts for over a decade of conservation efforts of the last forests on the highlands of the island. © TNC Ecuador

Pájaro Brujo Preserve

It has a total of 84 hectares and is located at the Parroquia Santa Rosa, Cantón Santa Cruz, Galapagos Province, adjacent to Galapagos National Park. TNC constituted a trust fund and designated Fundación FUNDAR Galápagos as the beneficiary, and through a bailment contract, entrusted it with the administration and management, which to date is still ongoing and succesul.

El ave de plumaje rojizo descansa en una rama gruesa.
Darwin's flycatcher on a tree The red bird rests on top of a branch inside the forests of Galapagos. © Flickr CC 2.0 by Alejandro Bayer Tamayo

 

Since then, TNC Ecuador's team has monitored the implementation of the preserve's management plan. In 2017, TNC agreed with Fundación FUNDAR Galápagos to explore a new institutional arrangement that ensures the conservation of the preserve in perpetuity. For this, TNC updated the preserve's management plan up to 2020, and is currently looking for local partners that enable a perpetual conservation model in technical, financial an legal terms.