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One last push for the Olympic Forest Appeal

27 July, 2016 - 14:13 -- World Land Trust
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth

Time is running out for the Olympic Forest Appeal, with one month left to raise the remaining £2,438 to buy an area of Atlantic Forest which will become the conservation legacy of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

World Land Trust would like to thank everyone who has so far supported our goal to purchase and safeguard 221 acres (89.5 hectares) of threatened forest and its diverse wildlife, which will become the Olympic Forest Reserve. So far, with your help, we have raised £37,562 of the £40,000 target.

Why is this appeal important?

The Atlantic Forest is one of the most vulnerable and unique ecosystems in the world. As the habitat has been broken apart by urbanisation, logging, agriculture and roads, the wildlife unique to these forests have found themselves trapped in smaller and smaller areas.

For the wild populations of animals such as the Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) and the Endangered Woolly Spider Monkey (Brachyteles hypoxanthus) to survive, they need to be reunited with other populations isolated in the fragments of Atlantic Forest.

What will my money do?

Donating to the Olympic Forest Appeal ensures that the wildlife will be protected from hunting by REGUA’s rangers, species lost to the area will be reintroduced and local communities will benefit from the ecosystem’s natural disease control and water filtration.  

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Updated 02/08/2016


Submitted by Tess Venus on

All initiatives to protect our planet should work in tandem with each other to make them more effective. Further, all governments should now make it illegal for any business or corporation to produce toxic waste which ends up in land and sea, we have no second chances now its time to heal the planet from all of the harm that we have done. Everyone needs to wake up, stop being so selfish, reduce waste immediately remembering that each piece of trash is being left behind for your loved ones to deal with, clean up your own mess, better still make less of it.

Submitted by Robert D Watkins on

It is important to know that my financial circumstances are not very good as I have had to take medical retirement, and therefore my donation of £25 is to reflect the importance of saving this habitat and all the wonderful animals that live there.

Submitted by Viv Burton on

The large number of donations to the Olympic Forest Appeal is testament to the fact that our supporters recognise the importance of preserving what is left of the Atlantic Forest. We believe supporters are as generous as their means allow and consequently we keep our appeals to a minimum and really focus on what is crucial to save.  Thank you to Mr Watkins for his very important donation and to everyone else who helped us go over and above our target figure.

WLT Director of Communications

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