The Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS) is a biological field station established in Amazonian Ecuador in 1994 by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in collaboration with Boston University. We serve as steward of 638 hectares (about 1500 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 (link paper) 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 an official guard post for the Yasuní National Park.