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World Land Trust eBulletin September 2011


Remarkable Jaguar sightings in Paraguay

Remarkable Jaguar photos

A wild male Jaguar - now a regular visitor to the Three Giants Biological Station. Photo © Hugo del Castillo Cordero.

The WLT has been inundated with photos and videos from the Paraguayan Pantanal over the last few weeks. Sightings of the elusive Jaguar have increased dramatically and it is no longer unusual to encounter one during the day. This male regularly visits the area around the Three Giants Biological Station, and it is thought that there may be a family group in the reserve.

The Three Giants is also living up to its name as two of the three species (Giant Otter and Giant Anteater) have also recently been spotted in the reserve.

The third Giant - the Giant Armadillo - still evades Guyra Paraguay staff, but it is reassuring to know that all other species are doing well within the WLT supported Chaco/Pantanal Reserve.

See photos and videos of the recent sightings at the Three Giants Biological station »

More land saved in Colombia and Ecuador

Land saved to protect White-breasted Parakeets

Species such as the White-breasted Parakeet (above) will be greater protected thanks to recent land purchases funded through Buy an Acre.

In collaboration with our newest partner in Ecuador (NCI-Ecuador), WLT has recently secured three separate land purchases to extend existing reserves and create new ones.

The WLT has also secured its first Buy an Acre purchase in Colombia. The Zamarritos de Pinche Reserve, in the heart of the Tumbes-Choco-Magdalena biodiversity hotspot, will protect habitat for the Critically Endangered Gorgeted Puffleg – one of the rarest hummingbirds in the world.

Find out more about the WLT's recent Buy an Acre success »

Defending one of the world's lesser-known biodiversity hotspots

Conference to protect the Caucasus

Next month WLT will attend a conference in one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. The Armenian conference will be held over three days and aims to strengthen conservation action within the country.

The WLT has helped to organise the event in collaboration with in-country partner FPWC. In addition to strengthening partnerships between conservation groups in Armenia, the conference will also provide an opportunity for each organisation to win a grant towards their work.

Read more about the Armenian conference »

News in Brief

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Help WLT raise £100,000 in just one week
The Big Give Christmas Challenge

As part of the annual Big Give Christmas Challenge, we have set ourselves the ambitious target of raising £100,000 for the Buy an Acre Fund in just one week, between the 5 and 9 December.

At no other time will your donation count more. Read the full details of when and how you can donate on our website »

Remember to flag 5 December in your diary

Successful rescue of rare owl in Borneo
Barred-eagle Owl resuced by Keeper of the Wild


Berjaya Elahan (insert), WLT's Keeper of the Wild for Borneo, rescued this rare Barred Eagle Owl from a life as a pet. A local estate worker found the bird near an oil palm plantation and took it home to look after.
The estate worker was more than happy to hand the owl over to the Wildlife Department for rehabilitation and release back to the wild.

Read the full story of the owl's rescue »

Other news and updates
In this issue:
  • Remarkable Jaguar sightings in Paraguay
  • More land saved in Colombia and Ecuador
  • Defending one of the world's lesser-known biodiversity hotspots
  • News in brief
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