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World Land Trust eBulletin Issue 46, March 2007

In this issue:

- Mexico: First photograph of a Jaguar in Sierra Gorda
- Earth Day 2007: Get texting and help save 1 million acres
- Ecuador: El Oro Parakeet nesting success in Buenaventura
- India: Elephants reclaim vacated land
- Buy a wildlife photo and support conservation
- News in brief

Mexico: First photograph of a Jaguar in Sierra Gorda

Jaguar, caught on camera in Sierra Gorda
The first photo of a jaguar in Sierra Gorda, Mexico, taken by Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda. Jaguars were not known to occur in this area; the organisation had expected to photograph a puma!

Read more about this exciting discovery »

Earth Day 2007: Get texting and help save 1 million acres

Earth Day 2007: Help save 1 million acres of wildlife habitats: Text WLT DONATE to 87050On International Earth Day, 20-21 March please join us in taking positive action for the world's wildlife: If all the people in the UK who own a mobile phone text WLT DONATE to 87050, for the cost of just £1.50*, the money raised will enable the World Land Trust to buy and conserve over one million acres of threatened wildlife habitats.

This is a quick and easy way to help, which won’t cost more than your daily cappuccino — and if you ask all your friends to join in, we can reach the one million acre target even quicker!

*Cost: £1.50 plus standard SMS charges. Under 16s should ask permission from an adult before donating by SMS. We can only accept donations from UK mobile phones. If you don't live in the UK or don't have a mobile phone, you are of course welcome to donate online or by other means.

More about SMS donations »

Ecuador: El Oro Parakeet nesting success in Buenaventura

Three parakeets sitting on one of the nest boxesThe El Oro Parakeet is only known to occur in the Buenaventura reserve which is owned and protected by WLT’s project partners, the Jocotoco Foundation. To help boost numbers 39 nest boxes have been put up and we recently received reports that at least 10 eggs had been laid.

More information and photos of the El Oro Parakeets at Buenaventura »

India: Elephants reclaim vacated land

Elephant foot printsElephants have started using the Tirunelli-Kudrakotte elephant corridor in Southern India. WLT is working with Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in securing this land and it wasn't long after about 9 acres was purchased and vacated that the elephants made their presence known — as can be seen by the massive footprints in this photo!

Read more and see the photo evidence of the elephant's presence »

Buy a wildlife photo and support conservation

Tree frog (Ostocephalus oophagus)  Photo by: Phil Savole WLT has teamed up with Nature Picture Library to give our supporters an opportunity to buy a rare photograph of your favourite animal or plant and support WLT at the same time: For a limited period, NPL will donate £5 to WLT for any print ordered.

The Nature Picture Library represents the work of many of the world’s leading wildlife photographers and their website features a vast collection of unique photographs of the world’s wildlife, including many that have rarely been photographed.

See our selection of wildlife photos and order a print »

Photo: Tree frog (Ostocephalus oophagus) - one of the photos selected by the WLT. © Phil Savole / naturepl.com

News in brief

Ecuador: Co-operation in saving rare orchid sites

Botanist Lou Jost recently discovered 45 new orchid species in unprotected areas in Ecuador, which the WLT will raise funds for. WLT-US is working with local partners EcoMinga to purchase and protect other critical orchid sites in the country.

Read more about the work to save rare orchid sites »

India: Hand-raised elephants released into the wild

The Wildlife Trust of India have recently rehabilitated and released six elephant calves in Manas National Park — the first such release in India.

Read more about the release of elephants in India »

Karma Insurance supports REGUA project, Brazil

Karma InsuranceWLT are pleased to welcome new sponsor Karma Insurance, which offers a range of bespoke insurance policies for individuals, including travellers and students. For more details, and to see how Karma are supporting the WLT project with REGUA in Brazil, visit the Karma Insurance website.

Birders Exchange donate books for Latin American partners

Birders' Exchange, a conservation program of The American Birding Association, has donated copies of its new Spanish language publication A Neotropical Companion by Dr. John Kricher to the World Land Trust-US for distribution to its Latin American partners. The Birders' Exchange has been a frequent supporter of WLT projects by donating equipment for conservation use, as well as training, teaching materials and travel. Their help is most appreciated.

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