It’s time to act for Jaguars. A critical piece of their jungle habitat is threatened by deforestation. With your help we can preserve it and connect it to neighbouring protected areas, giving big cats room to roam and helping to safeguard their future.
The Jungle for Jaguars appeal needs to raise a total of £600,000 for our partner to purchase and protect 8,154 acres. Please help us safeguard this corridor for Jaguars and other threatened wildlife.
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In the past 10 years, 25,000 acres of natural forest has been cleared for agriculture and development in northern Belize, so we must act now to ensure wildlife has room to roam.
For the Jungle for Jaguars appeal, WLT is working with a new conservation partner, Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI) to secure a jungle home to a healthy population of 22 Jaguars in Corozal, the northern most district of Belize. Corozal is becoming increasingly dominated by agriculture and is losing its forest faster than any other region in Belize.
The good news is that there are existing protected areas – Shipstern Conservation and Management Area to the north and Honey Camp National Park and Freshwater Creek Forest Reserve to the south – but these are separated by unprotected land.
We have a once in a lifetime opportunity with our partner CSFI to connect these reserves by purchasing the unprotected land and ensuring this habitat becomes a permanently protected corridor for wildlife, ultimately protecting the integrity of around 88,500 acres.
If this corridor is not protected for conservation, this habitat will be fragmented and we will have missed the last opportunity to connect the natural and rare habitats in the northeast of the country with the existing protected areas in the south.
Many bird species will also be protected including the Keel-billed Toucan, Ornate Hawk-eagle, Black Catbird, and rare species of hummingbirds.
The flora in the area is equally diverse, with rare forest types only found in a few isolated areas across the Yucatan Peninsula.
This project has particular significance for the history of World Land Trust. World Land Trust was founded in 1989 to fundraise for the protection of 110,000 acres of Belizean forest, and 30 years on, we are returning to embark on one of our most ambitious projects yet.
If successful, this corridor will have a far-reaching impact beyond the vital lifeline for local wildlife. Heron Moreno, Executive Director of CSFI, is hopeful that creating a biological corridor through the Jungle for Jaguars appeal can pave the way for similar initiatives to connect protected areas across Belize.
“Creating this corridor is important, not only for connectivity, but also because it will serve as a model that we can use in other parts of the country. By putting wildlife conservation firmly in the spotlight will have an opportunity for it to become a national priority. If we succeed, it will act as a trigger to get things going at a national level.”
Saving Belize’s jungles from deforestation is just as urgent now as it was when World Land Trust began 30 years ago. Please donate to ensure this habitat remains connected for the survival of Belizean wildlife.