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World Land Trust eBulletin March 2010

180,000 trees planted to help protect the Great Green Macaw

Volunteers at Cerro Blanco have been planting tree species important for the critically-endangered Great Green Macaw (right).

At the start of the year, Fundación Pro-Bosque, a WLT partner in Ecuador, held a tree-planting day, with a fantastic turn out: Over 60 volunteers planted 2,000 trees in the Cerro Blanco Protected Forest. About 180,000 trees have been planted in the reserve since the reforestation project started in 1993. (See some tree planting photos from Cerro Blanco on Flickr.)

All tree species planted are native to the reserve, with a focus on species important for the Great Green Macaw, a critically-endangered species with an estimated population of less than 20 individuals in the Chongón-Colonche mountain range. The future of the Great Green Macaw is uncertain, but there are early signs of conservation success at Cerro Blanco.
Macaw nest discovered - learn more »

Elephants take to the streets of London

WLT's elephant, forming part of the London Elephant Parade

Elephant Parade 2010 is set to be the biggest public art exhibition to be ever staged in London. 250 fibreglass elephants will be painted, decorated and displayed across the capital from 3rd May to 29th June, to raise funds for the conservation of Asian elephants. WLT is one of the Parade’s conservation partners and will be exhibiting two elephants, benefitting the Trust’s Elephant Corridor Project in India.

Learn more about the Elephant Parade »

WLT-US protect 158,000 acres in Peru

158,000 acres (63,900 ha) of forest on the Amazonian slope of the Andes in Peru is now formally protected, safe-guarding species such as the endangered Colán Water Frog, which is found nowhere else in the world.

Thanks to WLT-US and the Peruvian Association for the Conservation of Nature (APECO), two protected areas have been declared by the Peruvian government: Cordillera de Colán National Sanctuary and the neighbouring Chayu Nain Community Reserve, which will be managed by Awajún indigenous communities.

Learn more: Formal protection for 158,000-acre Andes-Amazon Reserve »

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New to science: Rare animal behaviour photographed in Ecuador
Caecilian attempting to eat Giant Earthworm

Fundación EcoMinga, Ecuadorian partners to WLT, sent this image of a caecilian (a type of amphibian with no legs) attempting to eat a 1 metre long earthworm. Photographed on the WLT supported Candelaria Reserve, the image shows behaviour new to science and was published in BBC Wildlife Magazine.
More details and other news from Fundación EcoMinga »

Biodiversity: Photos from WLT's project areas

See photos from WLT supported reserves on Flickr.comTo learn more about the areas you have helped protect, see some brilliant photos from WLT's project areas on Flickr.com. We have added nature and wildlife images from Brazil, Ecuador, Patagonia (Argentina) and Paraguay so far, with plenty more to come. Have a look at our Flickr group as well to see photos uploaded by visitors to WLT's partners' reserves. If you have visited, contribute by adding your own!

Other news and updates

Vacancy: Web Developer/Designer (Maternity cover with possibility of becoming permanent)

Ways of helping: Payroll Giving

The London Marathon and running for the World Land Trust - your questions answered

'Give as you Live' - support conservation when using the web

Success for the Books for Conservation Programme

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