ADOPTA is was founded in 2004 (certified NGO in 2016) by Guido Berguido in attempt to save a rainforest that would have been destroyed within the year. Today, we are a group of scientists and conservationists that have been inspired by the unique natural beauty of the Chucantí cloud forest and are doing all we can to conserve and study it. The threats it faces from logging and cattle pastures, threaten not only the endemic wildlife species in the region but also the forested watershed, which supplies a year-round supply of clean drinking water to nearby villages. Our primary goal is protect the rain forest, eventually hoping to make it a national park. However, until that happens, the only way to protect it is to purchase land from the locals. We have strong ties with the local villages, and looking to educate Panamanians on the importance of rain forest conservation.
Through some personal savings and individual donations we have been able to purchase five properties that in total protect nearly 1,000 acres of forest, creating the Chucantí Private Nature Reserve.
Asociación Adopta el Bosque Panamá or Adopt a Panama Rainforest (ADOPTA) is the Panamanian non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), whose goal is to promote promote conservation, sustainable development activities, and land acquisitions as an emergency measure to preserve critically threatened rainforests in Panama.
Guido Berguido– Our founder, the one who discovered Chucanti at a pivotal time, and took the first great steps towards saving and studying it in 2004. He is an internationally renowned ornithologist and specializes in highland bird species, such as those found on the ridge lines of Chucanti. He has been working tirelessly since 2004 to save this area, and has inspired all of us to help him
Lesley Bulluck- A native of the southeastern United States and is currently a professor in the Department of Biology and Center for Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She earned her BS degree in Biology from Appalachian State University, her MS degree is Ecology from Miami University of Ohio, and her PhD in Natural Resources Management from the University of Tennessee. My research interests are in population ecology and behavior of migratory songbirds, and is most often motivated by its ability to influence conservation and management. In addition to research she enjoys teaching and engaging undergraduate students in her research.
David Bradley – spent his early years in Kenya where he fell in love with the abundant wildlife there, and plotted a course through university in Canada and New Zealand, eventually earning a PhD in Conservation and Animal Behaviour studying an endangered bird, the Kokako. He first went to Panama in 2003 as a field assistant on Barro Colorado, and later returned on 2005 when he travelled to Chucanti with Guido Berguido on one of the initial exploratory trip and collected some of the first audio recordings of Chucanti birds. Now David works as the program manager at Bird Studies Canada in British Columbia, Canada.”
Austin Garrido– Came across Chucanti while searching deep in the mountains for caves (which he found). After seeing the horrible deforestation and the communities suffering from drought, He sought out some way to help and eventually found ADOPTA. Now he works on managing research coming out of the park, and making sure the site is suitable for study and observation.
Amy Bennett- Amy left her corporate life in England for a bit more adventure and meaning in her life. After traveling latin america for a few years, she fell in love with Panama and has been here ever since. She is as at home in the jungle as in the office, and is a key person in helping us organize our growing NGO and navigating the formal problems of corporate sponsorships, managing donors, and coordinating volunteers.