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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 »
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.
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.
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 »
To 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!
* 180,000 trees planted to help protect the Great Green Macaw
* Elephants take to the streets of London
* WLT-US protect 158,000 acres in Peru
* News in brief
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