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Resident Biologist of Mashpi – Carlos Morochz

 

Biologist – Naturalist graduated at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.  Has currently been six years around the North West of the country and five in Mashpi. He coordinates research projects developing programs that are of national and international interest. Seeking to extend the knowledge of the Reserve and the Ecuadorian Chocó as one of the last remnants of these type of habitats.

He has been in charge of leading research projects and environmental interpretation designing different attractions in Mashpi Lodge. Among his studies he documented Mashpi wildlife based on observations finding three important lekking bird species, two of the Umbrella Bird, one of the Cock of the Rock and two of Club Winged Manakin. Has recorded 400 species of birds, 35 of these are endemic to the region being the highest number of endemic species to the northwest of Ecuador in a birdlist. In addition has provided inventories of amphibians and reptiles with a potential list of 130 species that are threatened by the growth of the agricultural frontier and climate change.

Among the most important projects are. The camera trap project which studies the distribution and density of mammals of Mashpi. So far with more than 18,000 pictures from Felines – Rodents – Birds and others that help us to understand a bit of the natural history of the species.  Another project is the Life Center where he has built a butterfly garden which studies the development of the different stages of metamorphosis from egg, larva, pupa and adult of over 250 species of lepidopetera that inhabit the area . And finally one of the most seek projects by Carlos in the last 4 years is the reintroduction of the critically endangered Brown Headed Spider Monkey.

We are open to develop research programs with any researcher or organization interested to know, learn and preserve the Ecuadorian Chocó and its tropical and subtropical moist Forest .

¨ From my point of view the importance and richness of species Mashpi Protected Forest lies in the different altitudinal ranges from 500-1400 m providing a limited distribution for flora which in turn provide different conditions of life for each of wildlife species ¨ ¨ I believe to make know of their existence and to study its natural history it is important to engage local and international people to get involved in conservation projects ¨