Supporting Conservation at La Pedregoza

Dombro Family

About Us

The Reserva Natural La Pedregoza was founded in 2010 by a Canadian family that had an afforestation project in Vichada, Colombia. The Dombro family soon realized that the environment in the Orinoco River basin is very fragile, despite its amazing biodiversity. They chose a 1,000 hectare (2,470 acre) area with 4 distinct eco-systems, including wildlife corridors along the banks of the Rio el Bita for a natural reserve and conservation area. The reserve was registered with Colombia's RESNATUR, and they are affiliated with Parques Nacionales de Colombia. Dexter Dombro, one of the founders, is a member of the IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). In order to operate the natural reserve and to manage the conservation programs we carry out there, the CorporaciĆ³n Ambiental La Pedregoza was established as a non-profit NGO in 2011.

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Conservation Programs

At the Reserva Natural La Pedregoza we operate a number of programs for the conservation and protection of Orinoco River basin flora and fauna. Central to those efforts is a dedicated native tree planting program, including a Sacred Seeds botanical garden. Unfortunately, there are a number of tropical trees in Vichada that are on the IUCN's list of endangered or vulnerable species. We believe those trees need to be planted in order to provide habitat to local and migratory birds, as there loss would for example have a ripple effect on other species, disrupting regional biodiversity. Bird watchers visiting as eco-tourists help us fund the natural reserve. By clicking on the image to the left you can help support our conservation efforts with a cash donation, or you can contact us to offer your support through material or product donations.

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Students and Research

Our NGO has entered into research, conservation and internship agreements with a number of universities and institutions. This involves us providing local transportation, food and accommodations to students or scientists doing projects or internships at La Pedregoza. For example, we have agreements with the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, with the Omacha Foundation in Bogotá, and with the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas in Bogotá. We have hosted student interns in relevant disciplines from the Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development in Germany, and we have hosted students doing their master's thesis field work. We have supported projects by the WWF, GEF, TNC and CI. Click on the image to the left and help support a student at La Pedregoza.

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Turtles and Education

Reserva Natural La Pedregoza does endangered Podocnemis river turtle rescue and environmental education. We're now in our 3rd year of turtle rescue, collecting eggs before they're taken by poachers, hatching them in artificial nests, raising the baby turtles in special tanks until their shells are hard, and then releasing them. The release is done with local school children. We intend to build and operate an interpretive center at La Pedregoza that provides environmental education to children, students and others regarding the importance of the inundation forest, gallery forest, morichals, savannah and the amazing biodiversity that depends on those eco-systems. The spectacular bird life at La Pedregoza is an example of that biodiversity. Please click on the image to the left to make a donation to our turtle and environmental education programs.