The Morpho helenor prometa butterfly was discovered and described the year 2011 by PROMETA’s researchers Yubinca Gareca and Patrick Blandin, in Tarija’s sub-Andean region. It has greenish and purple details in an almost black backdrop and its size oscillates between 10 to 13 cm. The researchers decided to name it “PROMETA” not just as an appreciation of PROMETA’s support, but also as a recognition for the institution’s contribution to the biological diversity of Bolivia.
Ximena Velez - Liendo won the Whitley Award in 2017 for her work in the conservation of the Andean bear (Jucumari), a project supported by Chester Zoo, WildCRU (Oxford University) and PROMETA. The project caught on camera the presence of the Andean bear in Tarija for the first time in decades.