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Studies of Ecuadorian Reptiles and Amphibians:
Conservation of Critically Imperiled Ecosystems

We are in our seventh year of study in Ecuador in which we document the incredible diversity of life in fragile and imperiled ecosystems. Our goals include discovering new species, understanding patterns of biodiversity, and providing sound management recommendations to save wild animals and places. So far, we have recorded nearly 6,000 animals in these rainforests, taken some 25,000 "keeper" photographs and discovered over 30 species previously unknown to science. Read on with the links to your right to find out more, and about how you can help!

A first for us in 2010 is a research expedition to the Amazon rainforest at Rio Bigal Biological Reserve. See how you can join our Amazonian research team! See our application page for details.

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Photo galleries from our 2007-2009 expeditions are online.

Find out more about our work in our report of initial findings, available in English (pdf) and Spanish (pdf).

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For its size, Ecuador is the most biodiverse country on earth. It holds about 8% of all amphibian species on Earth and 16% of all brids--all in a country about the size of Arizona!

Many tropical ecosystems are under dire peril--our study regions in western Ecuador are over 95% deforested!

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