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“With so few left in Ecuador, the Awacachi Corridor, between Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve and the Awá Ethnic Reserve, may be an extremely important stronghold for the species.
FFI is proud to have safeguarded the Corridor and to be actively supporting its conservation to this day.”
FFI Americas & Caribbean Programme Officer
The image of a tropical rainforest wouldn’t be complete without a gaggle of squawking parrots. The great green macaw is one of the larger and more colourful parrots in South and Central America’s forests.
Sadly, as their habitat disappears, so do they. As little as 30% of its original range may remain. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working to save threatened Chocó rainforest in north-western Ecuador, one of the last places the bird survives in the country.
The great green macaw shares it home in the Awacachi Corridor with many other threatened species including the brown-headed spider monkey (pictured right), the greater long-tailed bat and the banded ground-cuckoo.
Great green macaws are often viewed as crop pests and so are shot on sight by farmers. Expansion of farmland by growing populations around the world is leading to ever-shrinking habitat fragments. This can force wildlife to search for food outside their natural habitat, leading to conflict with poor farmers who rely on their crops for subsistence.
FFI trains people around the world to help find locally appropriate solutions to the problem. Learn more about FFI’s efforts to combat human-wildlife conflict in Georgia, Cambodia and Indonesia.