Pampa del Burro Private Conservation Area, Amazonas
Members of the Yambrasbamba community voted to conserve an area of the community known as the “Pampa del Burro” forever! La Esperanza, where our Peru office is located, is part of the community of Yambrasbamba, and this decision is a result of a long process of conservation education and awareness we have been doing with the community. In the vote community members had to choose how many years they wanted to register their reserve for, with a legal minimum of 10 years and no maximum. Without much hesitation they all voted for the maximum, showing their high enthusiasm with the idea of conservation. When the meeting was over we were approached by community authorities who offered to make more conservation areas in different areas of the community.
The area, of 2,777 ha, includes two kinds of habitat; White sand forest and cloud forest, both are very special habitats, home to many different species of endemic and endangered wildlife. This is the habitat of the yellow tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda), Andean night monkey (Aotus miconax), White bellied spider monkey (Ateles Belzebuth), and white fronted capuchin (Cebus albifrons).
The final proposal for the creation of the reserve has been handed in to the Ministry of the Environment and is awaiting approval