Photo by Murray Cooper

The Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS) is a research facility established in Amazonian Ecuador in 1994 by Universidad San Francisco de Quito in collaboration with Boston University. We serve as steward of 744 hectares (about 1800 acres) of primary lowland rainforest approximately 300km (200 mi) ESE of Quito. TBS is situated on the north bank of the Tiputini River, a southern tributary of the Napo River within the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve.

Our primary activities are associated with research and education. Located within the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspot, according to the study “Global Conservation Significance of Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park” published in the renowned journal PLoSONE, and one of the planet’s last wilderness areas, our main goal is to better understand nature so that appropriate and effective conservation strategies may be implemented.

TBS also serves as a non-official guard post for the Yasuní National Park.

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TBS has partnered with the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation to strengthen the station's education, research, and conservation programs. We are proud to join forces with Ceiba, an organization with a twenty-year history of protecting wild habitat in Ecuador and leading world-class field courses to TBS. To learn more about Ceiba's study abroad programs, click here. Ceiba's successful conservation campaign in Andean cloud forests led to the establishment of the Chocó-Andino de Pichincha Biosphere Reserve, and their focus on threatened Pacific dry forests has culminated in the establishment of the largest biological corridor on Ecuador's coast. To support our joint Amazon rainforest conservation efforts, click here.