The Pro Eco Azuero was founded by a group of scientists and local landowners interested in sharing the joy of conserving local wildlife through restoring the dry forest they depend upon with the larger community. Since 2010, we have been dedicated to reforestation, habitat restoration, sustainable land management, and environmental education with the mission to:
preserve the earth’s ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and promote healthy communities by helping people to make informed decisions, take sustainable actions, and share knowledge.
The Pro Eco Azuero is incorporated in Panama with the organizational identification number R.U.C. 2161354-1-36636 D.V. 90 and the tax exempt resolution number 201-9122, of July 29, 2013.
Our indicator subspecies and guiding symbol is the Azuero Spider Monkey, Ateles geoffroyi azuerensis, because it is a vitally important but critically endangered species in the Azuero dry forest ecosystem. The few that remain on the planet live only on the Azuero. They are victims of rapidly decreasing habitat, hunting, and capture for the pet trade. They are particularly smart and cute, but also shy, which may be why they have managed to hold on this long. However, the loss of habitat and shrinking gene pool may be more than they can manage. We work to create dry forest habitat to ensure the future of the Azuero spider monkey, other wildlife species, and local communities.