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Eastern Striped Manakin © Nick Athanas.  

World Land Trust keeps spotlight on Brazil with Atlantic Forest appeal

With the dust now settled on the football World Cup and the Olympic Games in Rio still two years away, World Land Trust (WLT) is keeping Brazil in focus with a special appeal for £25,000 to purchase land in the Atlantic Forest.


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Tiger © Konmesa.   Jaguar, Sierra Gorda © GESG.   Cheetah © M Eslami.

World Land Trust announces Big Cat Big Match

Raising funds to save habitat for big cats will be the focus for WLT's Big Match Fortnight in October 2014. WLT aims to raise £500,000.


BIAZA Buy an Acre appeal tops £10,000 for Sierra Gorda

BIAZA members have met their target to raise £10,000 to purchase wildlife habitat in Mexico in partnership with WLT.


WLT assists fundraising efforts for conservation in Iran

WLT is helping Iranian Cheetah Society raise funds to save some of the world’s most spectacular and imperilled wildlife.

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Mary   Rodrigo Zarate at Birdfair 2012 © WLT   Sleeping Hare by Jackie Morris © Jackie Morris.

Armenian Street Festival

WLT will have a stall at London's annual Armenian festival for the second year running. Staff will provide information about WLT’s Armenian project and other conservation activities.

Sunday 3 August, 12-6pm



Paraguay partner at Birdfair

It is now confirmed that Rodrigo Zaraté of Guyra Paraguay will be a guest on WLT’s stand at Birdfair 2014. Bennett Hennessey of Asociación Armonía will also attend the event.

Birdfair 15/17 August 2014



Jackie Morris 'Hare' auction

Bids will be accepted for this original watercolour until midday on Friday 5 September 2014. The current highest bid is £175. All proceeds from the sale will go to WLT's conservation work.

Ends 5 September 2014, 12pm


hris Packham © BBC.   David Gower © David Gower   Spectacled Bear, oil on canvas by Andrew Squire © Andrew Squire

Controversial Conservation

After the success of Controversial Conservation 2013, WLT is holding a second public debate with Chris Packham in September at the Royal Society, London.

2 September 2014, 7pm



David Gower and Friends

Spend an evening with former England cricket captain David Gower as he reflects on a lifetime’s passion for sport and wildlife. At Blackfriars Hall, Norwich.

3 September 2014, 7pm


Andrew Squire charity auction

An auction of Andrew Squire’s Spectacled Bear, hosted by Stafford Gallery, will take place at Wimbledon Fine Art Gallery. All proceeds to WLT.

21 September 2014, 1pm


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View of Chaco-Pantanal © Jose Luis Cartes   Mary McEvoy and Leticia Jurema © WLT.   Virgin London Marathon Logo

Legacies make a difference

A recent, unexpected legacy of £70,000 will help WLT fulfil its mission to purchase and protect land of high biodiversity value.




Great Garden Give continues

Following a positive response to the launch fortnight of Great Garden Give, WLT is extending the appeal through the summer.




Run 26 miles in our 26th year!

Up for a challenge? Enter our ballot to run the London Marathon in 2015 to raise funds for WLT. Deadline for entries 8 August.


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Venonous Pit Viper (Crotalus triseriatus) © Roberto Pedraza.  

Venomous Pit Viper (Crotalus triseriatus)

Roberto Pedraza has sent us an unusual photograph of a Venomous Pit Viper (Crotalus triseriatus). Roberto is Technical Officer of WLT’s partner in Mexico, Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG), and he took the picture on a visit to record the flora of a property that GESG hopes to purchase. Roberto first noticed the small snake resting on the bark of a cedar tree when, looking for a better angle for his photography, he almost put his hand on it. The snake left Roberto get on with his work and only when the snake slithered away did he notice a small rattle at the end of its tail. “I’m quite a fool, working so close to it - my face just 15 centimetres away - and not recognising a rattle snake,” he told us, “but I have never seen before or even read about a climbing one. Luckily it was a mellow and gentle creature! This is quite a special forest, where poisonous snakes are patient with humans and their foolishness.”

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