Tandayapa Toad Reserve

Mottled copper and gold mark Toad’s back, mirroring metals mined, abundant nature made scarce. Magnolias paint floral arrays across the forest backdrop, purple doves blend in, Jaguars stand out, Spider monkeys step forward, times change, time to be counted.

Acres Saved

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Catherine Barnard, CEO, World Land Trust

“By helping to protect Manduriacu, Puro are not only safeguarding the region from further deforestation, they are protecting the extraordinary mix of species that live there, including the recently rediscovered Tandayapa Andean Toad, which had not been seen for over 40 years, as well as aiding conservation that will create a healthier environment for local communities who have previously had to rely on degraded land for farming.”

Reserve Profile:

Fundación EcoMinga

Manduriacu Reserve

We have saved:
163 acres

The reserve sits at the juncture of the Tumbes-Choco-Magdalena and Tropical Andes biodiversity hotspots, protecting an incredible mix of species, including the only known location for the Tandayapa Andean Toad once thought to be extinct, and recently registered as Critically Endangered. The reserve also protects a number of other highly threatened amphibians and the Critically Endangered and elusive Brown-headed Spider Monkey (one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world). A number of new species of amphibian, rodent and magnolia species have also recently been discovered here, with the reserve being the only known location for some of these species. There are 150 species of birds documented to date but EcoMinga expect the total number of species to reach over 300. Although international listed as Near Threatened Manduriacu protects the critically endangered western population of the Jaguar.

Key Species:
Tandayapa Andean Toad (Rhaebo olallai, CR, Endemic and newly discovered); Brown-headed Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps fusciceps, CR); Magnolia chiguinda (and a number of other new magnolia species); Purple Quail-dove (Geotrygon purpurata, EN); Jaguar (Panthera onca, globally NT but CR on the western slope of Andes)

Habitat type:
Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests.

Ranges from 1100 to 1800 meters a.s.l.

Almost perfectly placed in the centre of Ecuador, very close to the outdoor adventure capital of the country, Baños. View in Google Maps

Ecuador Rainforest Map


Saving the Rainforest

We have been buying and protecting rainforest in partnership with World Land Trust, since 2005. Take a look at all the Puro Rainforest Reserves we have created together so far.