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We still have a couple
of places left for the British 10K London Run Sunday 2nd July.
if you would like to run on behalf of the Trust.
See eBulletin no. 37 (http://www.worldlandtrust.org/ebulletin/37.htm)
for more information.
In this issue:
Ecuador Update: A New Reserve and 4,500 Acres Saved
Patagonia Update: Oil-coated Penguins Rescued
Hire an Orchid AND Save a Rainforest
News in Brief
Ecuador Update: A New Reserve and 4,500 Acres Saved
Jocotoco Foundation buys its eight reserve at Narupa and
increases existing reserve sizes.
In April the Jocotoco Foundation, WLT's partners
in Ecuador, purchased its eighth reserve: 200 hectares (490 acres)
of tropical forest near Narupa in the east of the country. This
is an area rich in endemic bird species, many of which are globally
threatened. One of these, the Coppery-chested Jacamar,
occurs only at the foothills of the Andean east slope in Ecuador.
Thanks to the new reserve this colourful bird now has a safe haven
at Narupa. The Jocotoco Foundation plans to increase the reserve
in the future, to protect a greater area and altitudinal range.
Over the last year, the Jocotoco Foundation has also been expanding
its existing protected areas, and has acquired new land in the following
Buenaventura Reserve: 123 more acres saved.
This reserve is one of the richest ornithological sites in south
Canandé Reserve: 934 more acres saved,
which is home to a group of the very rare Great-green Macaw together
with three species of Monkey, Jaguar and Ocelot.
Jorupe Reserve: 758 more acres saved in this
reserve which supports many rare species of plants and animals,
including more than 50 endemic birds.
Tapichalaca Reserve: 927 more acres saved.
This huge reserve (nearly 10,000 acres), protects over 300 species
of birds and hosts an extraordinary concentration of threatened
and endemic plants (more than 150 species) and Andean frogs (seven
globally threatened species).
Utuana Reserve: 39 more acres saved. Utuana
is a small reserve protecting 15 near threatened and restricted
range species of birds.
Yunguilla Reserve: 87 more acres saved in an
area protecting the only known remaining habitat for the critically
endangered Pale-headed Brush-Finch.
Over the last 16 months the Jocotoco Foundation has acquired almost
4,500 acres (about seven square miles) of new land under protection,
with donations by generous WLT supporters and sponsors saving almost
Oil spill in Argentina kills 100 penguins and leaves hundreds
in need of rehabilitation.
When an oil spill occurred off the coast of the Cabo Virgenes Nature
Reserve last year, WLT's Patagonian partners, Fundación Patagonia
Natural (FPN), helped create a rescue centre for affected penguins
in the reserve, which is home to one of the largest colonies of
Magellanic penguins in Argentina. Working together with reserve
wardens, FPN helped train staff to rehabilitate about 50 penguins
that had crossed the oil spill. A few weeks ago the rescue centre
came to good use again when a further oil spill threatened penguin
populations. More than 100 dead penguins were washing up on the
Argentinian shores, including the Cabo Virgenes reserve area. FPN
and the reserve wardens reacted quickly to set about rescuing the
several hundred surviving birds. The cleaning process is quite complicated
and can take up to 40 days. When they are first rescued the birds
are provided with food and warmth to build up their strength and
then they are washed with hot water and detergent, rinsed and then
released into a swimming pool where they are monitored until fully
The source of the spill, and who is responsible, is still unknown.
The new Driftwood Orchid Display.
Try it for free for a month and Enterprise Plants will donate
£50 to the WLT.
Brighten up your office with orchids from WLT Sponsor.
WLT Sponsors Enterprise Plants
have been supplying Rainforest Orchid displays,
using nursery propagated orchids, to clients for the past two years
and these planters currently enhance over a hundred reception areas
and boardrooms. As part of their sponsorhip commitments to the WLT
Enterprise Plants offer one month's free supply and maintenance
of the display and donate £25 per planter to the Trust.
Clients receive a personalised WLT certificate stating that One
Acre of rainforest has been saved on their behalf, and if the planter
is not required after the trial period Enterprise Plants will take
Because of the success of the Rainforest displays
Enterprise Plants have designed a new, eye-catching planter, again
to raise funds for WLT. The Driftwood Orchid Display
contains a unique New Zealand driftwood sculpture from the shores
of South Island, a selection of architectural air plants and beautiful
miniature orchids. The display measures 50cm x 1m high and is arranged
in a spun aluminium 'wok' bowl. Again, they are offering
one month's free trial for which they will donate £50 per
new planter to WLT. If you work for someone with a boring
reception area or a boardroom needing inspiration, try out one of
the planters and help raise funds for tropical forests at the same
for more information.
News in Brief
5,000km Bike Ride For Paraguay's Rainforests
Two American Peace Corps Volunteers, Iain Clark
and Dan Schutte, recently completed a back-breaking 5,000 kilometer
bike-athon across Argentina to the San Rafael Reserve
in Paraguay. They made the journey, which took over three months,
to publicise the fragile state of the Atlantic rainforest in Paraguay
and to raise money for its protection at the San Rafael Reserve.
San Rafael is officially a national park, but is still almost entirely
owned by private individuals as the Paraguayan government lacks
the funding to support its conservation. Guyra Paraguay,
partner organisation of the WLT and World Parks (WLT-US) owns about
140 hectares of the reserve and urgently needs funds to buy more.
Donations to purchase highly endangered Atlantic Rainforest land
at £30 an acre can be made online to World Parks via Network
for Good. Visit www.worldparks.org/pages/donate.php.
Read more about Ian and Dan's trip on www.pla.net.py/sanrafael/index2.htm.
Alternative Wedding List Company Awarded
Give It, the not-for-profit company behind The
Alternative Wedding List, the UK’s first online charitable
wedding list service, has won a local business award in Hertfordshire
where the company is based. The Hertfordshire Rising Stars Award
recognises new businesses based in Hertfordshire and Give It won
the Best Business Idea category. Andy Hickey, who runs the organisation
says, “We are finding that more and more couples want to get
away from the traditional wedding list and are asking friends and
family to celebrate their wedding by donating to charities near
to their heart instead.”
If you know of a couple who are tying the knot in the near future
why not suggest they save some land forever. £5,000 would
buy them a named reserve and they could even visit it on an anniversary.
To set up a gift list with a difference, visit Give It at www.giveit.co.uk.
David Attenborough 'The Most Trusted'
Reader's Digest recently undertook a poll and asked 4,900 people
to vote for the Britons they most trusted. They were given a list
of 100 to choose from, since if asked to choose anyone at all they'd
probably say 'my Mum'! The outright winner was Sir David Attenborough,
with Prince Charles at 42 and Tony Blair at 79.
Sir David, Patron of the WLT, celebrated his 80th birthday 8th
of May and is currently presenting Are We Changing Planet Earth?
on BBC One, where he speaks out about human-induced climate change.
You can read more about Sir David's views on the environment and
conservation in A
Tribute to David Attenborough on his 80th Birthday on the WLT
Don't forget Father’s Day 18th June!
The WLT will provide a special Father's Day gift package, including
a personalised certificate when you purchase an acre for your dad.
online or over the phone: 01986 874 422.
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