ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION
Through an exclusive MOU between the Cupaynicu Botanical Garden and TREE, scientists will research the plants that have been identified as endemic and endangered in the Sierra Maestra mountain range. Plants will be cultivated in the Cupaynica Garden.
The TREE Institute is helping the Hummingbird Conservancy purchase and protect critical cloud forest habitat in Colombia that the local people are logging. The forest is home to eleven species of threatened birds, including two that are critically endangered, one of which is the dusky starfrontlet, a hummingbird only recently discovered. The forest is also home to an amazing variety of plant life, especially orchids, which include species of the rare genus called Dracula!
TREE has been working with Cuban scientists to monitor butterflies, especially rare species, thanks to the time and expertise of Dr. Marc Minno. Their work revealed two new species of butterflies. Please read about the exciting news in our “Discoveries“ section.
TREE will conserve and protect in perpetuity, the largest remaining population of this magnificent palm, which is currently on an agricultural site.
TREE continues to support the most pre-eminent palm specialist of Cuba, Dr. Raul Verdecia, who in 2016 found and identified a new species. He is currently working on confirming two new natural hybrid species.
TREE supports ecological research and conservation of critical habitats, endangered species and new species. Traditional uses of flora and fauna can also be uncovered while working with the local people of these areas. It is critical that scientists in tandem with indigenous people living in these critical habitats can make discoveries in order that conservation of these areas can be given a higher priority.