Only two percent of the Mesoamerica’s dry tropical forests remain. Of this, just five percent are protected in reserves. Because there are so few permanent core habitat areas that are designated to the sole use of conservation, building wildlife corridors in the region is a challenge.
To address this need, Paso Pacifico partners with landowners to create new protected areas. In the last year, we have helped set aside 500 acres as officially registered protected reserves. Our partnerships with private landowners have helped set aside more than 3000 additional acres. On some of these properties, we have planted trees to restore the forest habitat. Yet, we must go further in order to have an effective corridor for endangered species such as the black-handed spider monkey and the jaguar.
Thanks to support from IUCN Netherlands, United Post Code Lottery, and private donors, we are purchasing a 120-acre parcel of land. This property in the core of the Paso del Istmo and has been named the Mono Bayo Reserve in honor of the black-handed spider monkey, whose local name is el mono bayo.
We are now working to acquire additional lands and our current priority is the Sierra Serena property. This land hosts one of only two known populations worldwide of a critically endangered species of frog.
Help us protect the Sierra Serena property and a critically endangered species. If you would like to be a part of this effort, please contact our executive director Sarah Otterstrom or donate to our fundraising campaign!