The Area


The first area purchased by NicaNature is situated in the south-east of Nicaragua in Central America. This location is important because it is located in the biological corridor, a natural connection , between North and South America. This region is internationally recognized as a biological hotspot. These hotspots are areas in the world that are in need of urgent protection. In order to be regarded as a biological hotspot, the region must be home to at least 1500 endemic species of vascular plants and maintain at least 70% of its original habitat. This specific region of Nicaragua is also interesting because it borders on its northern side to a nature reserve called Indio Maiz. This proximity to an existing reserve can be very beneficial to species that require a large habitat to survive.

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A palm, Arecales, at the Rio San Juan. These palms originated 80 million years ago and today over 2500 species exist in the world.


NicaNature has taken a keen interest in the south-east of Nicaragua because of the enormous ecological value of this area. It is estimated that the Indio Maiz nature reserve alone houses more than 1500 plant species, 400 bird species, 200 species of reptiles and 4 species of wild cats.
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Black Curassow, the symbol of the nature reserve Indio Maiz.

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Mammals that populate the area include pumas, jaguars, armadillos, sloth, raccoons, wild boars and manatees, as well as several species of monkeys such as the white-headed capuchin, which is classified as ‘threatened’, as are the howler and spider monkeys. Many amphibians and reptiles, such as poison dart frogs, iguanas and snakes exist in the area. Royal tarpons and the world's only fresh water shark are found in the San Juan River that borders the area.