Provincia de Orellana

Rio Bigal

Conservation Project

The project is developed in the Biological Reserve of Rio Bigal composed of primary forest rainforest is very humid and always green between 435 and 1100msnm. It is located in the buffer zone of the National Park Sumaco Napo-Galeras, which, in turn, form part of the Biosphere Reserve Sumaco. The Biological Reserve of Rio Bigal is home to large areas of forests of the foothills rainy and always green, with special features, such as trees of great height and a rich layer of epiphytic plants.

In November 2020, Ecuadorian Foundation of Conservation Sowing Hope and Foundation Sumac-Muyu, the owner of the booking, signed an agreement to promote a recovery ecosystem of the degraded areas of the reserve, through the project ReforestemosEcuador.

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Árboles Plantados


Surface: It seeks to reforest 10ha in a first stage, with a goal 

initial 10,000 trees.


Location and Altitude: 0° 31' 37" S, 77° 22' 52" W, 780 m

Flora and fauna

In the diverse tapestry of the ecosystem, we found epiphytic plants such as ferns, bromeliads, orchids, monsteras and vines that decorate the trunks and branches of trees, providing a home and food to other species. Fungi and mosses, with their subtle presence, they play a critical role in decomposition and nutrient cycling.

The rich wildlife of the area encompasses 450 species of birds that fill the air with their songs, 51 large mammals that inhabit the soil and the trees, 64 reptiles that slither and take the sun, 58 amphibians croaking at sunset, 159 arachnids that weave intricate networks and, not least, 1266 insects, including 597 stunning species of butterflies that dance in the air.


In the vastness of the reserve, three beings notable fight for survival, each one with its own uniqueness. The Marmoset-necked grebe (Saguinus nigricollis) with his penetrating gaze, the toucan pechiblanco (Ramphastos tucanus) with its beak, colorful, and singing distinctive, and the majestic jaguar (panthera onca), force emblem jungle. All of them are listed in the red list of threatened species, which highlights the vital importance of conserving and protecting this precious refuge.