The Mangaloma Reserve exist since 20 years and has an extension of 200 hectares. It is part of the last 700 hectares of primary tropical forest in the Pedro Vicente Maldonado region. It is located at the western foothills of the Andean Mountain Range, in the Province of Pichincha, Ecuador. Its altitude levels range from 700 to 900 m.a.s.l.
This protected area is part of the Chocó Region, which extends from Colombia to the northwest of Ecuador. It is well known for its high biodiversity and for the important number of endemic species. Being at immediate threat, this region is considered as a “hot spot”.
The Mangaloma Reserve stands out for its avifauna diversity. More of 290 species have been identified, amongst them, the most prominent are the Banded Ground Cuckoo (Neomorphus rediolosus) and the Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger), species that are almost extinct in the Chocó Region.