Bosque Cerro Blanco is a 6,000 acre plus reserve of dry tropical
forest a few miles outside Ecuador's largest city, Guayaquil. The reserve was
set aside by the cement factory (which is adjacent) in cooperation with the
government to save habitat for the endangered Guayaquil green macaw. The reserve is
directed by a former Peace Corps volunteer, Eric Von Horstman, and besides being
a center for education of schoolchildren and a place for biologists to conduct
research, they have created a tree farm and they use the trees to reforest parts of
the reserve, and they have a wildlife center that houses monkeys, macaws
and other species. Many of the macaws were formerly pets.
It rained on us while we did our hike so I didn't get any photos out in the reserve
A couple of capuchins calling out.
Great green macaw.
Another view of the macaw.
This is a parrot but I don't remember what species.