Cerro Chucantí

Cerro Chucantí

Critical Habitat

At 1,439 meters, Cerro Chucantí is the tallest mountain of the Majé mountain range along the border of the Darién province in eastern Panama and is located in a key biological transition zone. At these higher altitudes, the stereotypical heat of the tropics is not present. It's cold and very humid, representing a rare habitat known as a cloud forest, and the cloud forest in Chucantí is the only one within 100 km in any direction.

This isolation has allowed the species in Chucantí to evolve separated from other cloud forests in Panama, and many are endemic to Chucantí and cannot be found in any other place in the world. There are also many other species of special concern which live in the Majé mountains, such as the Black Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris) and Great Curassow (Crax rubra) whose populations are threatened by habitat loss. Cerro Chucantí has also been declared an Important Bird Area according to the Audubon Society of Panama and an Area of High Priority for Endemic Birds (EBA 024: Darién highlands) according to Birdlife International because of species such as the Beautiful Treerunner (Margarornis bellulus), Russet-crowned Quail Dove (Zentrygon goldmani) and Varied Solitaire (Myadestes coloratus).

Unfortunately, the forests of Chucantí are threatened by deforestation for timber and agriculture. In an effort to save this vital habitat, ADOPTA has bought about 600 hectares of land to create the Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve. Explore this page to learn more about our project and contact us if you are interested in traveling to Chucantí.

Critical Habitat

At 1,439 meters, Cerro Chucantí is the tallest mountain of the Majé mountain range along the border of the Darién province in eastern Panama, and is located in a key biological transition zone. At these higher altitudes, the stereotypical heat of the tropics is not present. It's cold and very humid, representing a rare habitat known as a cloud forest, and the cloud forest in Chucantí is the only one within 100 km in any direction.

This isolation has allowed the species in Chucantí to evolve separated from other cloud forests in Panama, and many are endemic to Chucantí and cannot be found in any other place in the world. There are also many other species of special concern which live in the Majé mountains, such as the Black Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris) and Great Curassow (Crax rubra) whose populations are threatened by habitat loss. Cerro Chucantí has also been declared an Important Bird Area according to the Audubon Society of Panama and an Area of High Priority for Endemic Birds (EBA 024: Darién highlands) according to Birdlife International because of species such as the Beautiful Treerunner (Margarornis bellulus), Russet-crowned Quail Dove (Zentrygon goldmani) and Varied Solitaire (Myadestes coloratus).

Unfortunately, the forests of Chucantí are threatened by deforestation for timber and agriculture. In an effort to save this vital habitat, ADOPTA has bought about 600 hectares of land to create the Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve. Explore this page to learn more about our project and contact us if you are interested in traveling to Chucantí.

Critical Habitat

At 1,439 meters, Cerro Chucantí is the tallest mountain of the Majé mountain range along the border of the Darién province in eastern Panama, and is located in a key biological transition zone. At these higher altitudes, the stereotypical heat of the tropics is not present. It's cold and very humid, representing a rare habitat known as a cloud forest, and the cloud forest in Chucantí is the only one within 100 km in any direction.

This isolation has allowed the species in Chucantí to evolve separated from other cloud forests in Panama, and many are endemic to Chucantí and cannot be found in any other place in the world. There are also many other species of special concern which live in the Majé mountains, such as the Black Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris) and Great Curassow (Crax rubra) whose populations are threatened by habitat loss. Cerro Chucantí has also been declared an Important Bird Area according to the Audubon Society of Panama and an Area of High Priority for Endemic Birds (EBA 024: Darién highlands) according to Birdlife International because of species such as the Beautiful Treerunner (Margarornis bellulus), Russet-crowned Quail Dove (Zentrygon goldmani) and Varied Solitaire (Myadestes coloratus).

Unfortunately, the forests of Chucantí are threatened by deforestation for timber and agriculture. In an effort to save this vital habitat, ADOPTA has bought about 600 hectares of land to create the Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve. Explore this page to learn more about our project and contact us if you are interested in traveling to Chucantí.

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Exploring the Reserve

The Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve is one of the most unique places in Panama! With an isolated cloud forest in the upper elevations and other habitats elsewhere, the Reserve is perfect for various activities like research and birdwatching.

© Danny Haelewaters

Exploring the Reserve

The Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve is one of the most unique places in Panama! With an isolated cloud forest in the upper elevations and other habitats elsewhere, the Reserve is perfect for various activities like research and birdwatching.

New Species Discovered in Chucantí

New Species Discovered in Chucantí

 

Our Inspiration

Our Inspiration

Although today ADOPTA supports conservation efforts throughout Panama, we would not exist if it weren't for Cerro Chucantí.

When our founder, Guido Berguido, visited Chucantí for the first time, he was astonished by what he saw. Uncommon species like Golden-collared Manakins (Manacus vitellinus) and Ruddy Woodcreepers (Dendrocincla homochroawere encountered in the tropical forests lower on the mountain, while the cloud forest provided additional surprises like Beautiful Treerunners (Margarornis bellulus) and Varied Solitaires (Myadestes coloratus), which were previously only known to occur in the region near the Colombian border. But at the same time, the forests around Chucantí were being rapidly cut down for timber and to create cattle pastures. Something had to be done to stop the madness!

A Beautiful Treerunner ( Margarornis bellulus ) found in Chucantí.

With the help of friends and family, Guido bought some land and created the Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve. As more and more researchers and birdwatchers visited the area, however (many of which generously donated money to further grow the Reserve), it became obvious that we needed an organization to manage the Reserve. Thus, ADOPTA was created.

All Species of Chucantí

Are you curious to know what species have been seen in the Reserve so far? We've put together a series of lists of the species that have been reported from Cerro Chucant´ according to published studies and online databases such as iNaturalist. Navigate to a specific category by clicking on the photos to the left, or you can see all of them at: http://adoptabosque.org/chucanti/species/

So far, we have confirmed the presence of 926 species in the Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve!

All Species of Chucantí

Are you curious to know what species have been seen in the Reserve so far? We've put together a series of lists of the species that have been reported from Cerro Chucant´ according to published studies and online databases such as iNaturalist. Navigate to a specific category by clicking on the photos to the left, or you can see all of them at: http://adoptabosque.org/chucanti/species/

So far, we have confirmed the presence of 926 species in the Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve!

All Species of Chucantí

So far, we have confirmed the presence of 926 species in the Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve!

¿Tienes curiosidad por saber qué especies se han visto en la Reserva hasta ahora? Hemos elaborado una serie de listados de las especies que se han reportado en Cerro Chucantí según estudios publicados y bases de datos en línea como iNaturalist. Navegar a una categoría específica haciendo clic en las fotos a continuación, o puede verlas todas en: adoptabosque.org/chucanti/species/

Threats & Protection

What do wood, fire, and cows have in common? All are important causes of habitat loss around cerro Chucantí, placing rare and endemic species at risk.

Threats & Protection

What do wood, fire, and cows have in common? All are important causes of habitat loss around cerro Chucantí, placing rare and endemic species at risk.

Acknowledgements

The Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve would never have been possible without the support of many people. Of course, we should first thank Guido and the family and friends which provided the funding to buy the first parcel of land to create the Reserve in the first place. We also want to thank many people, many of whom would prefer to remain anonymous, and the Rainforest Trust who generously donated money and support to grow the Reserve.

Additionally, our day-to-day operations in the Reserve and our conservation efforts elsewhere in Panama would not be possible without the support of visitors to the Reserve. So, to everyone who has visited Cerro Chucantí for research, birdwatching, or simply for the experience of being there, we have one thing to say: Thank you!