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Puro Fairtrade Coffee releases film about Colombian rainforest reserves

3 June, 2015 - 17:20 -- World Land Trust
Cotton-top Tamarin

World Land Trust (WLT) corporate supporter Puro Fairtrade Coffee has released the second in a series of films about WLT project areas in South America.

The video focuses on the endangered species found in two reserves supported by WLT in the rainforest of Colombia: Cotton-top Tamarin Reserve and Rana Terribilis Reserve. The reserves are owned and managed by WLT’s Colombian partner Fundación ProAves (ProAves), and Puro’s donations have helped create both reserves.

Rana Terribilis Reserve is the only reserve in the world that protects the most poisonous vertebrate in existence, Golden Poison Frog (Phyllobates terribilis). The frog lays its eggs in rivers, but the offspring are often swept downstream due to floods caused by high levels of rainfall in the forest. Keeper of the Wild Venancio Flores works in the Rana Terribilis Reserve and has pioneered a safe way for the Golden Poison Frog to reproduce, by providing coconuts for the tadpoles to spawn in.

The other reserve in Colombia funded by Puro is Cotton-top Tamarin Reserve, home to Cotton-top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) and also Black-headed Spider Monkeys (Ateles fusciceps), two species of primate classified as Critically Endangered by IUCN. Created in 2013, this reserve was originally seven adjacent properties and is now one of only two protected areas for Cotton-top Tamarins in Colombia.

This film also discusses the role of ProAves in educating local communities about conservation and sustainable practices. Johanna Villa Diaz, ProAves’ North West Region Deputy, explains the importance of their education programme: “We want local people to adopt and take care of the reserve and its surroundings so that there will be a corridor of conservation for the Cotton-top Tamarin.”

Andy Orchard from Puro conceived and produced the films, which were shot and edited by videographer Kendal Kempsey.

This release follows the previous film from Puro about new species discovered in Ecuador.

More information

Since its founding in 2005 Puro Fairtrade Coffee has donated 2 per cent of its sales to WLT, enabling the creation of reserves in Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru and Malaysian Borneo. Find out about other WLT corporate supporters »

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Submitted by Dominic Belfield on

This is another superb film, very much worthy of your attention. The people making them are seriously good at it. They've got a delightful pace and metre to them, and you get a real chance to see the animals and forest in their proper context.

And you gotta just love those tamarins! Check their stylish, pure white Mohican buffont-hairstyles set atop their dark black expressive faces, their eyes so alert and full of the fire of life. And don't forget those little frogs - fabulously bright golden skins, harbouring equally fabulously powerful toxins.... Amazing. Amazing.

Drink the coffee, support the cause - it's all wonderful!

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