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World Land Trust eBulletin September 2008

Urgent Orang-utan Appeal in Borneo:
£100,000 Raised, £343,000 Needed

The Kinabatangan River, Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, where oil palm plantations are a grave threat to the rainforests and the orang-utans and other species living within them.

STOP PRESS: Borneo Project Awarded 85,000 Euros from the Netherlands

Donate to our urgent orang-utan appealBecause of the world demand for Palm Oil, the forests of Borneo are disappearing before our eyes. This is bad news for Orang-utans and the other wildlife that depend on these forests for their survival. 

To save a vital area of forest, WLT has launched the Orang-utan Appeal together with LEAP Conservancy, our partners in Borneo. We urgently need to raise funds for the purchase and protection of a 222 acre (90 ha) corridor to link together two sections of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.

We need to act quickly as this land is destined to be turned into more Oil Palm plantation. Our appeal is therefore very urgent. Will you help?

Help save orang-utan habitat in Borneo here

Ecuador update: new species of frogs discovered

One of the newly discovered frog speces

Four apparently new species of frogs have been discovered in and around the reserves of WLT Partners Fundación EcoMinga in Ecuador. This is good news in a world where most news about frogs is very bad. The herpetologists who made the discoveries were especially thrilled to find a surviving population of a harlequin frog (Atelopus palmatus) that was thought to be extinct.

Learn more: Four new species of frog and other news from Fundación EcoMinga

New newsletter from WLT-US

WLT-US will shortly start sending out their own edition of the eBulletin. While some of the content will remain the same, other information will be specific to each organisation. You're welcome to subscribe to either or both as you prefer. Sign up to the US eBulletin on the WLT-US website.

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Corporate Supporter News: Puro Coffee get first contract 'Down Under'

Puro CoffeeWith its motto: "The earth is not only for humans"  Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia, is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, homing over 130 koalas. With an emphasis on conservation and education, Lone Pine also has other endemic and threatened wildlife from Down Under, including the Tasmanian Devil, Wombats, Echidnas, Dingos and Kangaroos.  We are delighted that Puro Coffee has recently won a contract to supply the Sanctuary with its wonderful Fairtrade coffee, and feel sure that it won’t be long before they are supplying many other outlets across the continent. Miko Coffee donate 2% of the sales of all Puro branded coffee, to WLT.

News in brief

Events

Travels in the Gran Chaco of Paraguay with Tony Hawks
Join Tony Hawks, Alberto Yanosky (Executive Director of Guyra Paraguay) and other guests, on a varied and enlightening visit to the Gran Chaco of Paraguay, live at the Royal Geographical Society, Thursday, 13 November at 7pm.

For more information and to book tickets, see our events page.

Recent events:
WLT at the British Birdwatching Fair

Now available: WLT Charity Christmas Cards 2008

The 2008 Christmas card designs are now available to order and we also have a limited supply of one of last year's designs available. Order WLT's Charity Christmas Cards here »

News from our partners

Eagle’s home saves an island
To sustain the management and protection of The Danjugan Island marine reserve, the PRRCFI has opened the island to ecotourism.

WTI-IFAW Project Ensures Zero Elephant Deaths on Rajaji Railway Track
WTI recommendations have eliminated elephant deaths on a railway track that crosses the Rajaji National Park in northern India.

Fundação O Boticário achieves Environmental Brazil Award
A project by new WLT Partners O Boticário has been awarded "Best Water Management endeavour in Brazil" by the American Chamber of Commerce.

Checklist to the Birds of Colombia 2008 / Listado de Aves de Colombia 2008
New book by Paul Salaman of the WLT-US, available from NHBS.

A wedding for the forest

In the last eBulletin we highlighted how your wedding day could help save wildlife habitats. Daniel Smale  and Jo Coldron made sure their wedding did just that. They set up a fundraising page with Justgiving, saying: "When we really thought about it, the thing that we would love most, would improve our lives together and would hopefully give us something to pass on to our children would be a world that places more importance on the protection of our environment. Where people have a financial incentive to manage and protect wild places rather than only having the choice of whether to farm or to log."

Thanks to Daniel and Jo's wedding fundraising, the World Land Trust received a total of £2687.00 (plus Gift Aid) for Fundación Ecominga's Cerro Candelaria Reserve in Ecuador.

Set up your own fundraising page for the World Land Trust at Justgiving.

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