Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

 

Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

Estacion Biologica FUNDECI/GAIA

The Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve was created as an official protected area in 1991. However, to date, the reserve has never enjoyed the full benefits of protection that would be afforded this designation. FUNDECI/GAIA provided logistic and technical assistence to the first management plan developed for this reserve, coordinated by the NGO CLUSA, and today, FUNDECI/GAIA is assuming the responsibility of making revisions to the management plan for the consensus process among civil and governmental institutions.

Although Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve is located between two of the most populous cities in Nicaragua (Masaya and Granada), the reserve continues to contain substantial quantities of natural forest and a huge lake in very good condition. The list of flora and fauna generated by FUNDECI/GAIA staff (see below) demonstrates that this site is among the most important sites for biodiversity in Nicaragua. Over 200 bird species are found in the reserve, more than 350 plant species, over 110 butterfly species, and at least six species of fishes in Lake Apoyo are endemic to the lake.

Flora and Fauna of Lake Apoyo Nature Reserve

Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve Management Plan

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This baby squirrel was raised after falling from a tree. Today she has her own family in the trees above Estación Biológica. Photo by Jeffrey McCrary.

 

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The environment of Laguna de Apoyo is natural and nearly unspoiled.

 

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Seed collection is performed locally to promote the conservation of local genetic varieties in our reforestation project.

 

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The forest in side the crater in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve contains dozens of reptile species.

 

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Thanks to the efforts of FUNDECI/GAIA and the contributions of visitors to Estación Biológica, these children can attend the new, beautiful "Heroes y Mártires de Xiloá" school near the shore of Laguna de Xiloá in Chiltepe Peninsula Nature Reserve.

 

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Field identification of the reptiles of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

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Many species of snakes are common in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve.

Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve Management Plan

This tiny snake, Tantilla armillata, was the first to be found in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve.