Fundación para la conservación



Executed projects

  1. Courses, workshops, symposiums

I National conference of bat researchers in Colombia (2008)

Fundación Chimbilako, organized the first national conference of bat researchers to bring together the academic community interested in the study of bats, share experiences and coordinate future projects. More than 90 national and international researchers and students participated in this event. There was a positive progress in subjects such as ecology and conservation, updated information related to the systematic and taxonomy of bats, and innovative knowledge in the interaction between bats and agricultural systems. This was a valuable experience to exchange knowledge at a local, national and global level thanks to the participation of more than 20 universities and organizations, and speakers from Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia and Venezuela. Besides, one of the most positive and practical outcomes was the creation of the Colombian Bat Conservation Program that is now part of the Latin American Bat Conservation Network (

Learning how to educate in order to protect Colombian bats

Aprendiendo a Educar para Conservar a los Murcie_lagos de Colombia
 In 2011, the workshop Social Strategies for Bat Conservation” was developed in Bogotá. The Mexican and Colombian Bat Conservation Program, Bat Conservation International, Fundación Chimbilako and Bioconciencia organized this workshop. The workshop was developed by the expert in environmental education, Laura Navarro, who provided a wide range of materials and innovative ideas around environmental education for bat conservation. The objective was to train different actors with adequate tools to educate and disseminate accurate and updated information about bats and its socio-ecological importance. This workshop was noted for having a group of participants from different regions all around Colombia and different institutions/organizations, all committed with bat conservation, which was a great opportunity to establish close bonds with different regions of the country in order to foment environmental education practices.

Building capacities to protect Colombian bats

This project was developed by Fundación Chimbilako, the Colombian Bat Conservation Program and Bat Conservation International
Construyendo Capacidades para la Proteccio_n de los Murcie_lagos de Colombia
A workshop was developed at the Otún Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary with the objective of learning innovative field techniques for the study and research of bats such as: ultrasonic detection and radio-telemetry equipment, digital recorders, night vision devices, infrared video, mist nets or harp traps. We had the participation of experts at a national and international level that enriched this workshop in a positive way, and also participants that had great interest and passion to generate new information for future projects in bat conservation.

Drawing contest
In 2011, we developed a drawing contest to raise awareness among students in Bogotá of the importance of bats. We thanks the schools that participated in the contest: Gimnasio Moderno, Colegio Rochester y Gimnasio Los Pinos and the kids for their participation and creativity! In the following link you can see the winner of the school Gimnasio Moderno:

  1. research projects

Bats in the natural reserve “Cucarachero del Chicamocha”, Zapatoca, Colombia: ecology, human population and conservation actions (July-August 2010).

Fundación Chimbilako and the PCMCo developed this project as part of the agreement with the Chicamocha project lead by Fundación Conserva and funded by the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP)
Crédito: Diana Cardona
We did a preliminary inventory of the “Cucarachero del Chicamocha” Nature Reserve, and an environmental awareness work with the community. One of the greatest results was the capture of the species Glossophaga longirostris in the forest of Cují, a nectarivorous bat that is an especially important pollinator of the plant family Cactaceae, and that has been classified as insufficient data to determine their threat status by the IUCN in 2010. Also, we reported frugivorous bats (Artibeus sp., Dermanura sp. y Patyrrhinus sp.) that play an important role in the preservation of the Chicamocha dry forest. However, five threats were identified for these populations and their ecosystem: (i) bad reputation due to diseases and loss of cattle, (ii) implementation of public events inside the caves (e.g. concerts), (iii) lack of knowledge and environmental education practices, (iv) habitat loss due to agricultural practices and cattle. As a result, an alliance between different NGOS (Natura, Proaves, Chimbilako, Neotropical y Conservar) was established in order to start and unify conservation actions in the Chicamocha Region.

For more information:


Rodríguez-Rocha, M. y Bahamón E. 2011. Murciélagos de la Reserva Natural de las Aves, Cucarachero de Chicamocha (Zapatoca-Colombia). Una mirada a su conservación. Vol. 1/N°2. Boletín de la red latinoamericana para la conservación de los murciélagos.

Mammal Fauna Present in the Tinije Lagoon (Agua Azul-Maní, Casanare, Colombia), and an Assessment of the Bat Community, as an Indicator of the Health of Related Ecosystems.

The Tinije lagoon (eastern plains of Colombia, Casanare department) has an outstanding value because it is the habitat of many species that find refuge during the dry season. The study was funded by the local government of Casanare and it was carried out by the “Asociación de Becarios de Casanare” (ABC) in cooperation with Fundación Chimbilako. Analyzing the near 600 mammalian registries we concluded that the lagoon plays important roles in the maintenance, composition and structure of the mammalian, specially the bat, community. The need for developing a project to monitor the population of the blood-feeding bat (Desmodus rotundus) was evidenced because these species represented more than 50% of the bat captures. We recommend unify efforts to protect the Tinije lagoon, natural heritage of the Department of Casanare.

Saving a key Caribbean pollinator

Fundación Chimbilako and the PCMCo developed this project, and Bat Conservation International and Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund provided the funding.
Crédito: Diana Cardona
The objective of this project was to protect the services that the bat Leptonycteris curasoe: Phyllostomidae provide in its range, which includes the following countries: Aruba, Curacao, Venezuela and Colombia. The roosts used by L. curasoe were identified and declared as SICOMs (Sites of Importance for the Conservation of Bats), and educational activities were developed for local communities in order to reduce the conflict between human-bat in places near the roosts. In Colombia, the monitoring was conducted in the Chicamocha dry forest in the municipalities of: Piedecuesta, Girón, Los Santos and Zapatoca during the months of December 2013 and January-May 2014. The roosts of the specie L. curasoe have not been registered since 1997. However, in this study four individuals were captured in the Sogamoso River and the junction between Los Frios and El Monte waterfall at c. 306 msnm. Moreover, 630 individuals of 27 species, 16 genera and four families were registered.

Declaration of the caves “Macaregua” and “Alsacia” as SICOMs in the Chicamocha Canyon, Colombia

As a main objective of the project “Saving a key Caribbean Pollinator”, two SICOMs (Sites of Importance for the Conservation of Bats) were declared: (i) the cave La Alsacia in the municipality of Zapatoca and (ii) the Macaregua cave in the municipality of Curití. In order to declare these areas as conservation sites, we used the criteria according the Latin American and Caribbean Bat Conservation Network (RELCOM) and the National Natural Parks System in Colombia. Different actors participated in the process, including tour guides, decision-makers, facilitators and environmental organizations, were discussions lead to the establishment of agreements and share responsibilities that will ultimately contribute with the conservation of these ecosystems and the populations of bats in a short-medium term. Finally, the landowners that live around the caves were incentivised to register their land within the ‘Red de Reservas de la Sociedad Civil (RNSC)’ to give them a legal support to operate within the protective areas of the country. Is the first time in Colombia that any area is declared under this figure, contributing to the 34 AICOMS and SICOMS currently active in Latin America.

Ongoing projects

Development and extension of a vertical biological corridor for the conservation of the tropical dry forest and climate change adaptation in Xéridas, Colombia

Fundación Chimbilako, Fundación Conserva and Fundación Guayacanal developed this project, and Ecopetrol provided the funding.

The objective of this project was to develop a biological corridor model for the conservation and restoration of the Chicamocha tropical dry forest, integrating the physical and biological components, and also the process of use and occupation of the watershed. During 2013, we did a biological characterization along three glens in Los Santos municipality: Purnia-Totumera, La Mojarra y Carrizal. Chimbilako has characterized the structure and composition of the communities of terrestrial and flying mammals along the three glens during the dry season. We used nets for the bats sampling and camera traps for the mammals sampling, we looked for tracks and we interviewed locals with the purpose of knowing the use and conflict with these Group of animals. The preliminary results showed 5 orders, 7 families and 8 species of terrestrial mammals, and 3 families, 6 subfamilies, 26 species of bats.