Thursday, 2 October 2014

New tract of Mexican cloud forest is now protected

A tract of cloud forest in Sierra Gorda, Mexico is now under protection thanks to the Buy an Acre fund of World Land Trust (WLT). The 103-acre (42 hectare) property is owned and managed by WLT’s conservation partner in Mexico,Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG).

The tract of forest is home to a diverse range of wildlife, such as tree frogs, and endangered species including jaguar and puma. Tree frogs make special use of water that is captured in the pointed leaves of bromeliad flowers, which cover old-growth cedars, oaks and pines. Roberto Pedraza, GESG’s Technical Officer, refers to these precious moisture stores as ‘apartments’. “This property has the most bromeliads I have ever seen,” he says. “It is quite an amazing place, a salamander and tree frog heaven, for sure, because there are so many apartments, so many bromeliads.”

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