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eBulletin due to staff changes at WLT. Peter Taylor has now left
to work for Friends of the Earth, although he remains committed
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Rainforest saved in memory of Christopher Parsons
The Christopher Parsons rainforest,
showing the river named after him.
When WLT Trustee Chris Parsons died last November,
we pledged to honour his life and work in the most effective
way possible. It was agreed that there could be no better
tribute than to save a fittingly special piece of tropical
forest and all its wildlife, in his memory.
The Christopher Parsons Rainforest appeal
was launched by Sir David Attenborough in July and within
two months we had raised over £20,000. Following the
purchase of a suitable area of land, which has just been completed,
the Christopher Parsons Rainforest now covers 2.5 square miles.
The rainforest is located in Ecuador, adjacent to an existing
reserve, and running through it is a tributary of the Amazon
River, which has been officially named the Quebrado (river)
Visit our website to read the full
Indian Elephant Project launched at Mall Galleries
| Wildlife artist and conservationist,
David Shepherd, OBE, one of the guest speakers at the
A World Land Trust Reception, held on 30
September at the Mall Galleries, London, brought together
nearly a hundred WLT supporters including Patron, David Gower;
Hon. Chairman, Jerry Bertrand and Rosamund Kidman Cox, Editor
of BBC Wildlife magazine. The reception was held to co-incide
with the Society of Wildlife Artists' annual exhibition and
its President, Bruce Pearson, also a WLT supporter, introduced
the guest speakers. One of the speakers, wildlife artist and
conservationist, David Shepherd, OBE, (left) spoke of the
need to do everything possible to preserve wild populations
of elephants and launched the new WLT Wild Lands Elephant
This project aims to protect an important
population of elephants by addressing the problem of forest
fragmentation which is a serious threat to their survival.
The corridor project will link together the Siju Wildlife
Sanctuary and the Rewak Reserve Forest in Meghalaya State,
close to the India-Bangladesh border. To read more about this
exciting new project, visit www.worldlandtrust.org/projects/india.htm.
An information leaflet is also available free of charge from
the WLT Office.
Please support this initiative by saving
an acre for elephants. As with all our projects, a personalised
certificate is produced for those making a donation of £25
or more. An acre of Wild Lands Elephant Corridor would make
an ideal Christmas present for family and friends. Make
a secure donation on our website.
Included in the Society of Wildlife Artists
annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries was a WLT Exhibition
featuring new Christmas Card designs as well as artwork for
posters, wall charts and cards commissioned by the World Land
Trust. This exhibition, which ran from 23 September –
5 October, was designed by WLT Supporter, Roger Whiteway.
| Photographed in front
of the WLT Exhibition at the Mall Gallery are: Left
to right: John Burton (WLT Chief Executive), Dr Jerry
Bertrand (WLT Hon Chairman), David Gower, OBE (WLT Patron)
and Bruce Pearson (President, SWLA).
Exhibition of Wildlife Art
an exhibition that has just finished to one that is soon to
take place: During the first week in November the World Land
Trust will be opening its doors to the public to exhibit an
array of wildlife art. The exhibition, held as part of the Halesworth
Arts Festival, will include a range of works by renowned artists
such as Bruce Pearson, Maurice Wilson, Greg Poole and Andrew
Haslen. Visitors will have the opportunity to buy originals
and prints and there will also be a competition with great prizes,
including a large print by Bruce Pearson.
For more information and the opening times
for the exhibition, see our news
|This anteater is one of the paintings
on display in our forthcoming exhibition. © Bruce Pearson
News in brief
Contacting the World Land Trust
If you have emailed us recently you may be aware that we
have been experiencing problems with our mail server. The problem has now been
solved, but if you have emailed us recently and have not received a reply, please
try again and we will deal with your query as soon as possible. For more information
on the Internet in the Green Issues web log by John Burton.
On a more positive note, we now have a new, low-cost phone
number: 0845 054 4422. This number is charged at a local rate and
can be used nationally. Our international supporters should continue
to use +44 (0) 1986 874 422.
New WLT staff
As from September we have three new staff members
at the World Land Trust office: Helena Åkerlund is our new Trainee
Web Manager, as mentioned above. We would also like to welcome Anne
Clifford, who has joined the team as a much needed Accounts and Admin
Assistant. Finally, welcome back to Molly St George, who was previously
an intern with the Trust. She is now working for WLT as a Special
Order our new Christmas cards for 2003
The competition to Design a Christmas Card
for the WLT, held in conjunction with BBC Wildlife, resulted
in 350 entries being received from all over the world. The
designs were of such a high standard that the judges found
it very hard to agree on the winners. In the end two artists
shared First Prize - Ingrid Nilsson from Edinburgh for her
Indian Elephants design, and Nicole Saint-John from Bakersfield
in California for her Christmas Alligator. These two cards
are now available from the WLT office or can be ordered
via the WLT website.
A legacy for wildlife
For most charities, legacies are a majort source
of income. As a relatively new charity, the World Land Trust has
only recently begun to benefit by legacies. Now in our 15th year,
one of our earliest supporters, who sadly died last year, left one
eighth of her residual estate to the Trust. This legacy of £27,000
will be of enormous benefit and help build the Trust's core reserves
and will enable us to take action where it is most needed.
What better way is there of remembering a loved
one, or leaving a permanent legacy to not just your family, but
the entire world? A legacy can ensure the protection of real places,
full of endangered species that otherwise might not survive. And
your family and friends can go and actually see the place you have
helped to save for future generations.
In a recent discussion with Dr Gerard Bertrand,
the WLT's Honorary Chairman and one of its founding Trustees, he
pointed out that in the USA many people like to make a 'living will'
where they make donations during their lifetime, so that they can
take an active role in the selection of the reserve and visit it,
and then make a legacy to endow the land to ensure it has protection
for ever. It is not an idea that is widespread in the UK, but perhaps
could become so.
Please do consider a legacy
or a "living will" to the WLT. If you would like
to discuss this in confidence, please telephone John Burton, World
Land Trust Chief Executive, at the WLT office.
You can make a secure
donation on our website.
Alternatively, you can donate by post or by calling the WLT office.