Emerald Toucans reflected in the newfound sparkle of the lagoon as the half-moon conures perform a lively can-can-can from the sweetgum tree. The clock bird keeping time with its wagging tail, whilst the prickly porcupine counts down to nightfall to emerge from within its hollow. Safe passage restored, a corridor for all walks of life.
Watch our short film about the other Puro Coffee Honduras Rainforest Reserve.
“This region forms part of the Mesoamerica and Mesoamerican Biological Corridor hotspot and also lies within the North Central American Highlands Endemic Bird Area, considered an urgent priority for conservation. Forest in the Trifinio region in western Honduras has suffered high levels of fragmentation as a direct cause of land use change. Subsistence farming, illegal timber use, forest fire, road construction and telecommunications infrastructure have resulted in areas that are highly biodiverse and contain endemic species becoming totally isolated from one another in a degraded landscape.”
AESMO (Asociación Ecológica de San Marcos de Ocotepeque)
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The reserve is home to a number of species including; Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor), Deppe’s Squirrel (Sciurus deppei), Mexican Hairy Dwarf Porcupine (Coendou mexicanus), Central American Agouti (Dasyprocta punctate) and Cinnamon Hummingbird (Amazilia rutila). Protecting this forest will also increase habitat under protection for other species found in the region including; Emerald Toucan (Aulacorhynchus prasinus), Orange-fronted Parakeet (Eupsittula canicularis), Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa) and threatened species such as the Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra), Oscillated Quail (Cyrtonyx ocellatus). Reports also include a number of amphibians and reptiles in this micro catchment such as the Boa (Boa constrictor), Yellow Rat Snake (Spilotes pullatos) and Neo-tropical Whipsnake (Masticophis mentovarius).
Coffee & Conservation:
In a fragmented landscape, the reserve also acts as a model for sustainable coffee plantation management. On the degraded area of the reserve (5 acres) the Puro Coffee Plantation or Finca de Puro Café as it is known locally, has been created to help re-establish coffee as an effective tool for conservation.
Central American Pine-Oak Forest and Humid Montane Forest.
Ranges from 1,549 to 1,620 meters a.s.l.
Situated in the watershed of the Río Hondo, lying within the Trifinio – Volcan Pital corridor in western Honduras. View in Google Maps
Saving the Rainforest
We have been buying and protecting rainforest in partnership with World Land Trust, since 2005. Take a look at the other Puro Rainforest Reserves we have managed to create.