JEVON FOREST RESERVE
Jevon Forest Reserve, is a protected area of 80 hectares in the heart of the forest of the Ecuadorian Chocó.
It is located in the south-east of the Esmeraldas province. It exists with the aim of promoting conservation in the area through scientific investigation, environmental education and scientific tourism.
Did you know?
In Ecuador only 2% of the primary forest in the Chocó region remains. The expansion of agricultural in frontier areas and both legal and illegal forestry have been identified as the principal causes of its destruction.
The station is situated in a remote area and therefore, there is no internet, phone signal is limited and as of yet there is no available electricity. We offer basic accommodation and a standard food service for up to six people, however for larger groups there are also camping tents available.
A network of marked trails have been established throughout the whole reserve for scientific study and excursions.
The biological station at Jevon Forest Reserve welcomes volunteers, interns and scientists to participate in existing studies or to develop their own projects.
We rely on logistical support to undertake the field work of undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as for independent scientists. “Parabiologists” (field assistants) form part of the reserve team and these roles are undertaken by local experts.
Furthermore, volunteers, interns and scientists have the option of involving themselves exclusively in reserve related activities or they may also participate in other parts of the organisation.
Our guided visits of the reserve include bird watching, primate tours, night treks to learn about amphibians and reptiles, and, through a camera-trapping project, you will have an opportunity to view the mammals that live alongside us in the reserve.
We invite our visitors as part of their trip to visit the community strengthening program ASOPROTESCO in the neighbouring community of Tesoro Escondido (which translates as “hidden treasure”). Likewise we invite you to discover Itapoa Reserve, another place full of adventures in this same area.
How to get here?
The journey from Quito to the nearest city takes around 6 hours. From here, the length of the rest of the journey varies depending on the time of year. During the rainy season, it is necessary to travel by river for approximately 20 minutes, followed by a walk to the station, which takes approximately 2 hours. During the dry season, the first part of the journey is taken by car, followed by the 2 hour walk.
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