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WINTER 2012

RAINFOREST BULLETIN Saving Real Acres in Real Places

A NOTE FROM THE CEO Seasons Greetings! In this issue, I’m proud to share our recent successes and exciting new projects. We are thrilled to report the significant expansion of two reserves in Paraguay and Ecuador as well as the declaration of 148,410 acres for indigenous communities. Presently we have four urgent projects underway, with efforts to purchase critical rainforest habitat for the Cotton-top Tamarin in Colombia, the Northern Brown Howler Monkey in Brazil, and the El Oro Parakeet in Ecuador, plus protecting indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon. I hope this newsletter brings home the sheer scale of our ambition and shows just what it takes to effectively conserve the world’s most precious rainforests and species. Please join me in saving these critical rainforests at risk. I’m delighted to introduce our newest WLT-US board member—Melissa Trotter of Philadelphia. Melissa will be a wonderful addition to our team, bringing her dedication to our mission of protecting rainforests and endangered wildlife. We welcome her to the WLT-US family! Have a wonderful new year,

World Land Trust-US: 2012 in Review Effective conservation took place across South America in 2012. From expanding the San Rafael Reserve in Paraguay to launching the new 7,076-acre Las Tangaras Reserve in the highly threatened Chocó rainforest of Colombia, WLT-US has worked tirelessly to advance the protection of the most endangered species and tropical forests. In 2012 we have helped save 162,693 acres of threatened habitat for wildlife across six countries and nine sites. The exciting accomplishments highlighted in this edition of the Rainforest Bulletin are just a small sample of the 29 projects currently underway by WLT-US thanks to your support. Together, we have made great strides in achieving permanent protection of endangered species and rainforests. For example, our Peruvian partner—CEDIA (see In the Field on page 3 to read more about

Dr. Paul Salaman CEO, WLT-US P.S. Is there something you would like covered in the Rainforest Bulletin? Email me at psalaman@wltus.org.

IN THIS ISSUE winter 2012 2012 in Review ........................................ 1 Cotton-top Tamarins Need Your Help ..... 1 WLT-US Project Appeals ........................... 2 Field Notes ............................................... 2 Photo Highlight ....................................... 2 Project Updates ........................................ 3 Species Spotlight....................................... 3 In the Field .............................................. 3 How to Give ........................................... 3 Travel with WLT-US ............................... 4 Message from Prof. E.O. Wilson ............ 4 The Power of One Click .......................... 4 1.800.456.4930 | info@wltus.org | www.wltus.org

our partnership and projects with CEDIA)— identified 148,410 acres of highly endangered Amazonian rainforest in eastern Peru that were unprotected and assigned to oil exploration. With indigenous community support, we provided solid documentation to the Peruvian government to justify the protection of this area. Today, we’re delighted to report that this 148,410-acre rainforest has been permanently protected and assigned to the Matsés Communal Reserve. With your generosity, we can continue to purchase and protect unique yet endangered habitats and species forever. ■

WLT-US has saved 162,693 acres in 2012—staying steadfast to our mission.

Cotton-top Tamarins Need Your Help! The iconic Cotton-top Tamarin and the Colombian Spider Monkey are two of the rarest and most endangered primates in the world and they both depend on luxuriant rainforests in northwest Colombia. Sadly, rampant deforestation and gold mining in their forests threaten their survival. It is estimated that 95% of this rainforest has been lost, and what little remains is unprotected and at severe risk.

Gifts to this project will be matched dollar for dollar through December 31, thanks to a generous offer from Luanne Lemmer and Eric Veach in Seattle. ■

Buying and saving this last core area of 4,218 acres of rainforest protects the habitat for these primates and other endangered species. Furthermore, buying this area strategically blocks access to over 100,000 acres of uninhabited rainforest at risk of being colonized by timber companies and gold miners.

WLT-US MISSION: to purchase threatened rainforests and protect endangered wildlife through community engagement and local partnerships.


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WLT-US Project Appeals in South America Saving the El Oro Parakeet: Protecting Atlantic Rainforest: Empowering Communities: Ecuador Brazil Peru The 5,189-acre Buenaventura Reserve in southern Ecuador is one of the most important Andean forests for endemic and endangered wildlife. The spectacular cloud forest of the reserve and adjacent lands are found nowhere else on earth. They represent the last stronghold for the Critically Endangered El Oro Parakeet whose population numbers are estimated at just 150-175 individuals. Buenaventura is also the only known site for the El Oro Tapaculo—a deep forest bird that is sensitive to habitat disturbance. Through the purchase of surrounding forested properties, we hope to double the size of this critical reserve and protect these acres before they are converted to cattle pastures. Help save this unique habitat for the El Oro Parakeet.

Situated within one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world —Atlantic rainforest— the Serra Bonita Reserve is a global conservation priority and the sole location for the Northern Brown Howler Monkey. This lush rainforest carpeting the Serra Bonita mountain range in eastern Brazil represents the last significant habitat that supports rare and endemic flora and fauna, including the world’s highest concentration of butterfly and moth species. Serra Bonita is at the heart of an urgent conservation initiative to strategically purchase private properties adjacent to the reserve. We need to purchase 333 acres to expand the Serra Bonita Reserve. Recognizing the critical importance of this project, Luanne Lemmer and Eric Veach are matching each donation.

Field Notes: Stunning Photographs Illustrate

The most biodiverse and intact areas of the great Amazon basin are now only found in remote northeastern Peru. Logging and mining concessions across the Amazon are rapidly fragmenting and destroying the lungs of the planet. These large tracts of rainforest contain small groups of indigenous tribes whose land rights have sadly been overlooked by the government. WLT-US will work with 16 remote indigenous communities in the heart of the Amazon to help protect their land and overturn logging concessions across 616,263 acres of Amazon rainforest. We desperately seek $88,000 to complete the process of assisting and empowering these communities as soon as possible, before their forests are destroyed.

PHOTO HIGHLIGHT

Ridgely’s New Field Guide

Perhaps no other birds mesmerize us the same way hummingbirds do. Totally captivating in the unique dexterity of their flight, and with colors that can defy description and change from one instant to another as the angle changes, The cover of Dr. Robert Ridgley’s newest bird book: hummingbirds are Hummingbirds of Ecuador. found only in the www.wltus.org/book Americas, where they reach their highest diversity in the tropics. Few countries have more hummingbird species than tiny Ecuador, with its cross-section of habitats ranging from the vast Amazon basin to lush montane forests and high Andean steppes to desert scrub near the Pacific coast, each area with its own group of specialties: over 130 species are found here!

Now finally we have a book that focuses on this incredible diversity of feathered jewels, a field guide written by WLT-US President, Dr. Robert Ridgely, and published this year: Hummingbirds of Ecuador. Unlike the rest of Dr. Ridgely’s bird books, this one is illustrated by an extraordinary set of photographs using high-speed digital photography. Thanks to an amazing surge in popularity of hummingbird feeders across Ecuador, people can easily see (and photograph) the vast majority of species at ultra-close range. Birdfeeders were the inspiration for this book, as so many people were observing hummingbirds coming to feeders without knowing much about what they were viewing. This is a book anyone with an interest in birds should own. All proceeds will support reserves in Ecuador owned by Fundación Jocotoco and established with WLT-US support. You can purchase your copy from Amazon.com! Visit www.wltus.org/book. ■

WLT-US is launching a travel program in 2013, including the magnificent El Dorado Reserve in northwest Colombia— home to the world’s #1 concentration of endemic biodiversity. The 2,600 acre El Dorado Reserve (pictured above) hosts a spectacular Eco-Lodge that perches over the Caribbean with outstanding local cuisine, breathtaking views, and a plethora of unique wildlife. Please contact WLT-US at info@wltus.org for more information and to join us on this upcoming excursion led by Dr. Paul Salaman. See page 4 for more information on WLT-US travel for 2013. ■


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WLT-US PROJECT UPDATES

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WAYS TO GIVE

New Protection in San Rafael, Paraguay

Expansion for Narupa Reserve in Ecuador

Make a Difference Today! Support WLT-US

Thank you! Recently, we alerted supporters to an urgent land purchase needed to expand protection of San Rafael Reserve. Your rapid response secured the final funding required to quickly purchase and save 677 acres of rainforest. Since 2002, WLT-US has helped protect over 16,000 acres here—the ancestral territory of the Mbyá People and one of the last great stands of Atlantic Rainforest in Paraguay. ■

With your help, we supported our Ecuadorian partner, Fundación Jocotoco, to purchase and save 387 acres of Andean cloud forest in October 2012 to expand Narupa Nature Reserve. Established in 2006 to protect a large block of eastern Andean foothill forest from rapidly advancing deforestation from cattle ranching, this reserve is important for many rare species including the endangered Orange-breasted Falcon. ■

Donations to WLT-US support our partners’ efforts to buy rainforest lands and protect endangered species.

SPECIES SPOTLIGHT

Northern Brown Howler Monkey (Alouatta guariba guariba) BACKGROUND: Found only in Brazil, with fewer than 250 remaining, making it one of the world’s most endangered primates HABITAT: Inhabits lowland to montane forest DIET: Fruit and leaf-based diet THREATS: Hunting and deforestation

FUTURE PROGNOSIS:

While few individuals remain, there is hope as these primates do not need large areas to survive. WLT-US’ 333acre project in Serra Bonita will protect their last forest refuge from logging while guarding against hunters. ■

IN THE FIELD WLT-US had a chance to catch up with Lelis Rivera Chávez, the CEO of the Center for the Development of Indigenous Amazon (CEDIA) and one of the most aclaimed conservationists in Peru.

Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment in the past 30 years? A: With the support of WLT-US and assistance from government authorities, CEDIA’s greatest achievement was the protection of the Urubamba basin where we established an indigenous territory, a National Sanctuary, two communal reserves, and a National Park to protect a total of 5.27 million acres of Amazonian rainforest. Q: How has WLT-US supported CEDIA in the past? A: WLT-US has supported the most critical steps in the completion of many protected areas in Peru. WLT-US input was invaluable in developing the first National Sanctuary in Megantoni in 1996 and the proposal of the Madre de Dios Territorial Reserve. Another contribution was the establishment of management plans in Mishagua, Camisea, and Ticumpinía—rainforests that are targets for illegal loggers. In recent years, WLT-US helped establish areas that are now part of the Matsés National Reserve and Indigenous Territory, protecting 2.2 million acres of Amazonian rainforest.

Q: What plans does the organization have for future projects? A: The rainforests of Peru face many threats that CEDIA is uniquely qualified to address. We maintain excellent relations with the government and indigenous communities and have 30 years of experience–so with the support of WLT-US we can join forces to create new reserves and parks across the Amazon. 450 indigenous communities across five million acres of rainforest are seeking our assistance to permanently protect their lands. Through swift action, we can help them preserve their way of life.

Q: Why WLT-US’ current support of CEDIA so important? A: CEDIA has worked with international partners, but the recent economic crisis has significantly reduced support for our conservation work. The 15-year solid partnership between WLT-US and CEDIA has been very important and resulted in millions of acres of Amazonian rainforest in Peru being protected. We look forward to the next 15 years and beyond! ■

ADOPT A RAINFOREST ACRE: This holiday season consider giving your friends and family a meaningful gift. Each $50 donated protects 6 acres in Peru and comes with a personalized certificate! DONATE ONLINE: Use our safe, secure donation form at www.wltus.org/donate. DONATE BY MAIL: Send checks to WLT-US 25 Horner Street Warrenton, VA 20186 DONATE STOCKS: Contact Nichole at nbaker@wltus.org for instructions for your broker. DONATE BEQUESTS: WLT-US established the Rainforest Legacy Fund to receive bequests. For more information contact Nichole at nbaker@wltus.org. DONATE BY PAYPAL: If you have a PayPal account or are paying by credit card from outside the US, you can make a donation through our PayPal account. WORKPLACE GIVING: Donations to WLT-US make wonderful gifts for coworkers and employees. Many employers will match your donation! We also participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #11257). QUESTIONS: Call us at 1.800.456.4930 or email info@wltus.org. All donations to WLT-US are fully taxdeductible according to law. Our EIN # is 13-3500609.


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A Message from Professor E.O. Wilson to our Supporters WLT-US is proud to have received a wonderful endorsement from the distinguished biologist and conservationist, twotime Pulitzer Prize winner, and Harvard University Professor Emeritus, Edward O. Wilson: “World Land Trust-US has my highest respect and in my opinion deserves support for its reserve-creating projects.... The program is a model of what international conservation efforts should be.” ■

TRAVEL WITH WLT-US Just like scientists discovering new species, WLT-US travel takes you in search of what’s new around the globe. Wherever we go, our focus is on taking you to see the incredible wildlife and habitats—and helping you make a difference by contributing to their protection through your travels with us. Contact info@wltus.org for more details on upcoming trips. ■

The Power of One Click WLT-US is proud to be a beneficiary of The Rainforest Site, an innovative web site where visitors save rainforest acres with a click of a button. Each click secures funds for rainforest purchase through sponsorsed ads. To date, Rainforest Site clicks have helped WLT-US to purchase 1,000 acres! You can make a difference with one click of your mouse: www.therainforestsite.org ■

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