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Partner Snapshot

Partner name:
Adopt a Panama Rainforest Association
Cerro Chucantí, Panama
Appeal Category:
  • Community Support and Development
  • Ecotourism
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Endangered Species
  • Government Policy
  • Protected Area Management; Wildlife Conservation
Key Species:
  • Colombian Spider Monkey
  • Chucantí Centipede Snake
  • Chucantí Salamander
Challenges and Threats:
  • Clearance of rainforest for cattle ranching
  • Protected area management
  • Expand ecotourism infrastructure

The Challenge

The cloud forests of Cerro Chucantí Reserve in eastern Panama rise to 4,700 feet in elevation and sustains a diverse tropical forest ecosystem. The geographic isolation of the Cerro Chucantí mountaintop reserve has allowed its flora and fauna to diversify considerably, such that it contains a number of locally endemic species found nowhere else on Earth. There have been many discoveries of species new to science at this unique site, including salamanders, frogs and snakes. Unfortunately, the rainforests in Cerro Chucantí are under significant threat from slash and burn activities, logging and cattle ranching.

Urgent Solutions

ADOPTA will work to strengethen the protection of the reserve through hiring forest guards and working in conjunction with the local government. Patrols will ensure the forest remains intact and poaching is stopped. An important part of the long-term strategy is ensuring local community support, and ADOPTA’s mission includes educating, training and engaging the community in conservation activities.

Why your donation matters

With support from people like you, ADOPTA can ensure the Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve is safeguarded for all wildlife. Furthermore, the recently acquired San Bartolo Private Nature Reserve preserves the last remnants of lowland Pacific rainforest and fosters biodiversity akin to the biodiverse Osa Peninsula. By donating, you play a vital role in preserving these unique ecosystems and the remarkable species that inhabit them.

Partner Qualifications

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  • Legally Constituted
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  • Effective Impact
    We recognize this Partner for their tremendous efforts to make a difference for wildlife and local communities, as well as welcome technical support from Conservation Allies to improve and scale up their impact.
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