Short description of the area and the land to be purchased
The 35-hectare portion of Galilea we will purchase includes: two very well preserved forest patches (11 and 18 ha), where we have recorded the presence of many animals including Blue-billed curassows, 2) a secondary forest to the north (6 ha), 3) a connection 30 m corridor of grasslands, 4) and an isolated grassland to the east for restoration and protection of wetlands. The southern forest patch is adjacent to the northern forest of El Silencio (our reserve), which is being connected to the larger forest of Rancho Verde that we recently acquired.
Reasons to prioritize
The ecosystems of the MMV belong to the threatened Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena biodiversity hotspot and the Magdalena-Urabá moist forests ecoregion, and have high endemism and diversity. As a Pleistocene refugia, the MMV accounts for about 20 percent of Colombian birds (345 species, of which 4 are endemic), rodents (27) and primates (6 species, of which 3 are endemic or near endemic), 33 percent of bats (58), 4 percent of vascular plants (723 species, of which 1 is endemic) and 6 percent of amphibians (42 species, of which 3 are endemic).
As a last stronghold for lowland MMV ecosystems, Barbacoas is considered a conservation priority, critical for lowland endemic species not represented in other protected areas, such as
- Brown spider monkey (Ateles hybridus)—Critically Endangered
- Blue-billed curassow (Crax alberti)—Critically Endangered
- Magdalena river turtle (Podocnemis lewyana)—Critically Endangered
- Varied white-fronted capuchin (Cebus versicolor)—Endangered
- White-footed tamarin (Saguinus leucopus)—Endangered
- Colombian Mahogany (Cariniana pyriformis)—Near Threatened
- Red-footed tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria)
- Lozano’s salamander (Bolitoglossa lozanoi)