El Chontal is a 6,000 hectare cloudforest reserve
in the Intag zone of Ecuador's Imbabura province.The Zoobreviven
Foundation has taken charge of the Reserve and is now designing
a management plan for this important area.
There are current problems in this area of great concern, the rare
Mountain Tapirs are being killed for food and Current urgent concerns
are the Spectacled Andean Bears are being hunted and eaten by locals
and their fat turned into candles. The latter formerly also occurred
at Alto Choco prior to our work there.
Also illegal logging is taking place - please see news
for a similar situation with Alto Choco.