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World Land Trust eBulletin April 2009

Corridors for elephants and tigers in India: New appeal

Elephant corridors provide a safe habitat for many other species of endangered wildlife, including tiger. Please support our new appeal to create new corridors for wildlife.

In the challenge to save 88 corridors vital to the survival of elephants in India, WLT and partners Wildlife Trust of India are urgently looking at the potential for saving more of these wildlife corridors. The good news is that we have a donor who is matching all donations, up to a total of £100,000. This means that we can be even more effective in saving wildlife, so please support this appeal and help ensure contiguous habitats for the survival of elephants, tigers and other threatened species.

Support the elephant corridor appeal here »

Learn about the corridors WLT has already helped save: Helping elephants and tigers survive in India: Success stories

"Elephants and humans want the same thing: space. Simon Barnes discovers a conservation triumph in India" The new corridor appeal covered in Times Online

WLT Orang-utan Conservation Debate: Watch it LIVE online

Conservation bodies concerned about the survival of Orang-utans are all striving for the same thing – to ensure that this charismatic species exists for generations to come. WLT's Great Ape Debate on Thursday 30th April 18.00-19.00 British time will address the issues surrounding how best to conserve this species, and will invite discussion from those involved in the protection of Orang-utans and their forest habitats, as well as those striving to rehabilitate rescued Orang-utans for subsequent re-release into the wild.

Although this event was fully booked within days of being announced, you can watch the event live on the WLT website, or view the debate as a recorded video afterwards.

The Guardian will be streaming the debate on their website too and will be reporting from the debate via Twitter, and Twitter users will be able to submit questions to the panel.

Following the debate there will be the opportunity to continue the discussion on Facebook.

Learn more about the Great Ape Debate »

The Great Ape Debate covered in The Guardian newspaper

Orang-utan Appeal: Fundraising for first land purchase completed - and next one under way

Orang-utan Appeal

Thanks to a magnificent response to our appeal, we have successfully raised the £343,000 required to secure the first critical corridor of land between two fragmented portions of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in Sabah, Borneo.

But this is just the beginning and we are now looking at the next urgent land purchase. You help save more vital habitat for Orang-utans in the Kinabatangan via our fundraising page on Justgiving.com.

Learn more: Borneo Orang-utan Appeal: Fundraising for first land purchase completed

News in Brief

Walk or run for conservation - or sponsor those who do!

Need some exercise and want to help WLT at the same time? It isn’t too late to sign up with JustWalk and trek across the South Downs in support of the World Land Trust. The walk takes place Saturday 9th May and if you can't take part yourself, why not 'sponsor' someone who is? WLT has also had a number of supporters running the London Marathon for conservation, such as Harry Deal, who set up a fundraising page on JustGiving.com for the event. Harry says: "It really was a brilliant experience and I was proud to be wearing my t-shirt with the World Land Trust logo on it!"

Sir David Attenborough: Why I support the World Land Trust

During the event "Celebrating 20 Years of WLT in the South-west" at Bristol Zoo, 16th April, Sir David, who is a Patron of the WLT, outlined his 'four reasons' to support the Trust.

Projects and partner updates

First ever sighting of Tayra at Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve (Mexico)
First sighting of this increasingly rare member of the weasel family.

842 acres of Atlantic rainforest habitat secured in Brazil
All 12 properties in the area known as the 'Matumbo Gap' now purchased and protected.

Congratulations to two of the NGO groups supported by WLT-US in 2008 who have recently received major international recognition by winning the  Energy Globe World Awards: Associação Plantas do Nordeste (Brazil) and Fundación ProAves (Colombia).

Other news

STOP PRESS: New intern vacancy. We will shortly be advertising for a projects development assistant to undertake a six-month internship with the WLT. Check our vacancy page for more details towards the end of the week.

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