Scientific station

  • Scientific station

    In recent years the conservation project has developed its scientific research aspect.
    Thanks to the surveys carried out at the site, new records of distributions and presence of species have been recorded for Ecuador.
    The project is recognized nationally and internationally for its work and importance for environmental conservation in remote forests.


  • Pristimantis achatinus (Cachabi Robber Frog). Predation / Herpetological Review – September 2016 PDF
  • First register of the Cochranella granulosa in Ecuador – March 2020 PDF
  • Bothrops asper (Terciopelo). Diet/Ophiophagy / Herpetological Review  51 (4) 2020 PDF

Diversification of the Pristimantis ornatissimus frog in the Andean plain and mid-altitude of Ecuador 2017


Principal investigator: Dr. Juan M. Guayasamín – University San Francisco de Quito.

The purpose of this study was to determine whether a possible new species of Pristimantis was present among all known specimens from the various regions. For the development of this study, “El Jardin de los Sueños” contributed by accessing specimens of Pristimantis ornatissimus present in the reserve.

The interest of this place for researchers is that it is the southernmost part of Ecuador of the distribution area of this species.


Diversity and distribution of insects (Trichoptera) from Ecuador 2017


Principal investigator: Ernesto Rázuri-Gonzales y Ralph W. Holzenthan – University of Minnesota / Dra. Blanca Ríos – University de las Américas.


Inventory within the reserve of insects of the order of trichoptera, known for having many ecological functions in rivers and for their great sensitivity to changes in water quality.

Floristic diversity and state of natural regeneration of the forest Jardin de los sueños. 2018


Principal investigator : Sandy Ponce – University UTE Quevedo

Evaluation study of the floristic composition, structure and state of natural regeneration of the forest representing the first step towards understanding the structure and dynamics of the Andean low mountain forest.   A fundamental condition for understanding the different ecological aspects in order to reverse the process of continuous deterioration for a successful management of tropical forests in the medium and long term.

Fish diversity, ecology and conservation of river ecosystems in Ecuador 2018/2019


Principal investigator: Dr. Ibon Tobes – University Indoamérica.

During the period 2018/2019 an ethno-ichthyological study was carried out within the community of Los Laureles.

Participatory Mapping of Water Ecosystem Services 2020


Principal investigator: Eider Etxeberria et  Pablo Beriain – University Navarra / Indoamérica

This water mapping work was carried out as a result of the ethno-ichthyological conducted in 2018/2019 during which the inhabitants of the community of Los Laureles have revealed that the decrease of the fish population of the river is due to the contamination of the water by man and the decrease of the flow.

Activity models, diversity and equity of bats in forest, ecotones and cultivated areas of the canton of La Maná 2018/2021


Principal investigator: Dr.Santiago Burneo et Paola Ayala -University PUCE Quito

In this research, an acoustic monitoring as well as a sampling with Japanese nets were carried out in the canton of La Maná, to characterize the patterns of activity, diversity and equity of bats present in forest areas (Protected forest “El Jardin de los Sueños), ecotones (plantations with more agro-ecological management, close to natural areas) and cultivation (plantations with more conventional management, far from natural areas).


Characterization of all bats in the protected private forest El Jardin de los Sueños for conservation purposes 2018/2021


Principal Investigator : Dr.Santiago Burneo  et Andrea Caicedo – University PUCE Quito

The loss and fragmentation of habitats due to the expansion of agricultural crops and population directly impacts the different vertebrate communities. The bat group is used as a bio-indicator of disturbance as it shows changes in biodiversity measurements. This study characterizes the structure of all bats in a disturbed area in order to propose the Protected Private Forest “El jardin de los Sueños” as an Area of importance for the conservation of bats (AICOM).

Ecological analysis of the Los Laureles’s rivers, La Maná – Ecuador 2021


Principal Investigator : Pamela Vásquez – University Indoamerica Quito

The objective of this research is to characterize and compare aquatic ecosystems in “Recinto Los Laureles” by integratingphysicochemical, hydromorphological and ecological parameters to evaluate their state of conservation and ecological quality.