It’s official. With your support, Copper Branch has donated the equivalent to saving 7964 ACRES in partnership with Rainforest Trust! These acres protect endangered species…like jaguars, pumas, and the Critically Endangered Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle.
With the support of Copper Branch and our customers, Rainforest Trust has been able to reach their annual goals. Rainforest Trust has saved more than 23.5 million acres and have a further 32 million acres across new protected areas still to be formally established. In 2019, the organization has protected 3.3 million acres across Latin America, Africa and Asia/Pacific.
Currently Rainforest Trust has 126 active projects working to protect endangered species across 53 countries in the tropics that represent on-the-ground conservation action. Some of the many successes of 2019 that you helped achieve include:
- Establishing the Rhukanrhuka Municipal Reserve, a 2,123,749-acre reserve in the Beni region of Bolivia. The Beni grasslands, an area twice the size of Portugal, is South America’s third largest savanna complex and one of Bolivia’s most vital ecoregions. This expansive tropical savanna and the pristine forests found to the north contain multiple rivers that follow the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains. A combination of rain during the wet season and snowmelt from the Andes causes the rivers to flood almost half of the land each season. This flooding allows an extensive variety of wildlife to call this region home. The new reserve is helping safeguard important populations of emblematic and threatened mammal species, including Jaguars and Pumas. Other resident mammals include Maned Wolves and both Collared and White-lipped Peccaries. The area is home to two endemic Titi monkeys, as well as Black-faced Black Spider Monkeys, two species of Howler Monkeys and Tufted Capuchins.
- A recent purchase safeguarding a 297-acre property in rural northern Colombia that will become the first and only reserve for the conservation of the Critically Endangered Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle. This turtle lives exclusively in the Caribbean region on Columbia’s Atlantic Coast. But agriculture, cattle farming and construction are destroying and fragmenting the turtle’s key dry forest habitat. The landscape is transforming so significantly that the species is in critical danger of extinction. Thus, this new reserve will provide a unique opportunity to ensure the long-term persistence of the species. Rainforest Trust partners, WCS Colombia and Turtle Survival Alliance, are developing a genetic rescue program, bringing unrelated individuals from other localities to the new reserve to reduce inbreeding and maintain genetic diversity. They will also conduct detailed demographic and genetic monitoring of the reserve’s population to assess the effectiveness of the breeding program. This information could help develop a model for the recovery of other species with similar threats. Additionally, the partners will restore and expand the wetland complex in the reserve to improve the quality of the dry forest habitat.
Together, we are impacting the problems of today, mitigating climate change and safeguarding the precious and irreplaceable resources of our shared planet.