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The World Land Trust recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of six strategic private properties totaling 3,356 acres to almost double the size of El Paujil Nature Reserve in Colombia.
The project began in 2003 when World Land Trust’s partner in Colombia, ProAves, began purchasing a number of properties for the El Paujil Nature reserve - the first protected area of Magdalena lowland rainforest. Two years later, the site became part of Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) and ProAves started a threatened species research program as well as engaging local communities in sustainable development and outreach activities around the reserve.
The now expanded El Paujil Nature Reserve covers 6,935 acres and provides permanent protection for 100 pairs of the critically endangered Blue-billed Curassow as well as habitat for the Magdalena Spider Monkey, Jaguar, Spectacled Bear and extremely rare Magdalena race of the Lowland Tapir Tapirus terrestris columbianus.