Galápagos Islands Flagship Species Conservation
Pájaro Brujo Preserve represents over 15 years of TNC's work protecting Galápagos' wildlife
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.
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.
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 and legal terms.