Inspiring conservationist is new ProAves chief executive SEARCH NEWS

Alonso Quevedo has succeeded Lina Daza as Chief Executive of ProAves, WLT’s conservation partner in Colombia.

Formerly Director of Conservation at ProAves, Alonso is renowned for his expert knowledge of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles in Colombia.

He is an exceptional field conservationist who rediscovered the Fuertes Parrot in Colombia after it was thought to be extinct for nearly a century.

Alonso helped found ProAves in 1998 after a group of dedicated conservationists joined forces to save the Yellow-eared Parrot.

Since then the organisation has grown considerably and its primary focus is the protection of Colombia’s most threatened bird species through research and direct conservation.

Saving species

Another example of his pioneering work, in 2003 Alonso discovered the last stronghold of the Critically Endangered Blue-billed Curassow in the rainforests of the Magdalena Valley.

At the time the bird was hunted almost to the point of extinction and its remaining habitat was rapidly being cleared for timber, cattle ranching and coca growing. Alonso successfully negotiated to save more than 2,000 acres of habitat and thus secured the survival of the endangered bird.

ProAves went on to establish the El Paujil Nature Reserve in the Magdalena Valley. Today covering 7,000 acres, the reserve is home to core population of the Curassows and Magdalena Spider-monkeys. In 2003 Alonso won the BP Conservation Award in recognition of his efforts to save both these threatened species.

Conservation partnership

Ruth Canning, WLT’s Conservation Programmes Officer (Americas Region), welcomed his appointment: “As a founding member of ProAves with many years of conservation experience, Alonso brings a wealth of expertise to his new role as Executive Director. We are very much looking forward to working with him and his team at ProAves to save more threatened species and habitat in Colombia in 2013.”

“We are looking forward to working with Alonso and his team at ProAves to save more threatened species and habitat in Colombia in 2013.” 
(Ruth Canning, WLT Conservation Programmes Officer Americas Region)

World Land Trust has been working in partnership with ProAves since 2008 to purchase and protect threatened Chocó Forest in Colombia.

Further information

  • Read about recent land purchases in Colombia »
  • WLT works with partner organisations across the world to help fund land purchase and create nature reserves to protect threatened habitats and wildlife. By donating to WLT’s Buy an Acre fund you can help the Trust create or extend reserves in Colombia. You can donate as little £25 and buy quarter of an acre. Please help save the planet’s threatened wilderness.

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