Zorzal Cacao is an agroforestry project of Reserva Zorzal – a thousand-acre private bird sanctuary where 130-acre is used for cultivating organic cacao in the northern mountains of the Dominican Republic. Reserva Zorzal sets aside seventy percent of its land to be forever wild and is committed to reducing climate change through a collaborative approach to conservation and reforestation. One of the sanctuary’s founders, Dr. Charles Kerchner, runs Zorzal Cacao in line with the overall vision of Reserva Zorzal. They select and graft their own cacao trees with cacao varietals specifically chosen for the fine flavor chocolate market. The trees are shade-grown to promote wildlife habitat and biodiversity.