When WLT Trustee Chris Parsons died last November, we pledged to honour his life and work in the most effective way possible. After discussions with his family, and many of his colleagues throughout his fifty year career in wildlife film-making and conservation, it was agreed that there could be no better tribute than to save a fittingly special piece of tropical forest and all its wildlife, in his memory.
We launched the Christopher Parsons Rainforest appeal in July when Sir David Attenborough spoke of his personal gratitude to Chris for giving him the opportunity to present Life on Earth, which Chris produced. Sir David got the appeal off to a flying start with an extremely generous donation, and the Simpson Education and Conservation Trust committed to match all donations up to £10,000. Donations in memory of Chris rolled in, and within two months we had raised over £20,000.
Nigel Simpson, WLT Trustee and UK representative of Fundación Jocotoco wasted no time in discussing with our Ecuadorian colleagues which area of land was most urgently in need of protection and suitable for the Christopher Parsons Rainforest. A piece of climax rainforest which adjoins the existing Tapichalaca reserve at the mountain peak was chosen and the purchase has just been completed.
The Christopher Parsons Rainforest covers 2.5 square miles and there is even a bit of money left over to add to the reserve as forest becomes available.
...and the Quebrado Christopher Parsons!
When Nigel Simpson and Francesco Sornoza discovered that the river running through the southern part of the Christopher Parsons Rainforest (see right) was unnamed, they quickly registered it as the Quebrado (river) Christopher Parsons and this is now it’s official name. This is one of the most westerly tributaries of the Amazon River system.