Franco Mendoza is a conservationist, environmentalist, and wildlife lover, and he has seen first-hand the difference GreaterGood programs are doing for the environment.
Mendoza has been working for Rainforest Trust partner Fundación Jocotoco for the last 19 years, and is one of the key team members that has been at the joint project site, Tapichalaca, from the very beginning.
When Mendoza is not monitoring regional birds, he’s calling in the Jocotoco Antpitta, which was considered critically endangered until the Fundación Jocotoco reserve was granted federal protections. Now, thanks to the work of Mendoza, aided by grant assistance programs from GreaterGood, the Antpitta population has stabilized.
Mendoza has the unique privilege of being one of the few people experienced enough to feed the Jocotoco and guide tourists who come from all over the world to see this magnificent avian species, saved from the brink of extinction.
Your donations protect the Critically Endangered Galápagos Petrel
In the Galápagos, similar successes are being grown from ground up. The Galápagos archipelago has an extraordinary concentration of endemic wildlife, and is recognized as an international conservation priority without equal.
In 1835, Charles Darwin arrived at the Galápagos Islands and over the course of five weeks discovered an astonishing diversity of unique species found nowhere else in the world. His observations, which began on the island of San Cristóbal, laid the groundwork for what is considered one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of all time — the theory of evolution by natural selection. His insight changed forever the way we perceive the world.
In 2018, with support from GreaterGood, Rainforest Trust and Fundación Jocotoco worked jointly to purchase a 250-acre property of threatened humid forest in the highlands of San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos. The property, now secured for protection, contains key breeding habitat for the Critically Endangered Galápagos Petrel as well as numerous other globally threatened and endemic species.
“As I saw firsthand in my recent visits to the Galápagos, Galápagos wildlife is under tremendous pressure from rapidly spreading invasive species,” said Rainforest Trust CEO Dr. Paul Salaman. “The urgency to protect this unique habitat and the exceptional species that depend on it is very real.”
Environmental impact of your donations
In addition to significant carbon storage, the Tapichalaca Reserve is home to the Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Hidden Robber Frog, Napo Giant Glass Frog, Puyo Giant Glass Frog, and Mountain Tapirs, all endangered species.
As a direct result of GreaterGood’s financial assistance, 915 acres were added to the north and western borders of the reserve. This area urgently needed protection due to easy accessibility, high development and encroachment threats. The expansion of the reserve’s western and northern borders have connected it with the surrounding government protected areas.
The Tapichalaca Reserve now encompasses 9,316 acres of rich, wet, and almost totally undisturbed mountain forest on the Andes’ eastern slope.
The Jocotoco Antpitta could easily have gone extinct. But by conserving this habitat, the species’ population is stable.
GreaterGood is there when it matters
Where disaster strikes, where animals are threatened, where the environment is in danger, the GreaterGood family is there when it matters.
Supporting rescue efforts and assistance grants, GreaterGood’s programs raised:
- over $313,000 to help people and pets affected by devastating hurricanes in 2018
- over $221,000 to aid survivors of the California wildfires
- $55,000 to assist victims of the Indonesia tsunami and Hawaii volcano natural disasters
- $61,000 to help sustain vital bee colonies left starving after Hurricane Michael wiped out their food supply in Florida
Your visits to The Rainforest Site, clicking on the green button, generated funding to protect the value of 9,258 acres of threatened wildlife habitat. And your purchases at The Rainforest Site store raised funding to save the value of another 27,385 acres from destruction.
Added to that, five lions were rescued from the cruelty of circus life, and $189,000 was raised to rescue and care for hundreds of elephants throughout Asia and Africa.
Why is the Conservation Action Fund so important?
This funding is most commonly used is to secure purchase or official designation of land. And, once purchased or designated, it needs to be protected. The Conservation Action Fund helps cover the costs of training forest guards, responsible for patrolling borders, observing wildlife, deterring poachers and educating local communities.
Guards oftentimes work long and difficult hours on modest salaries, but the project sites would not be secure if not for their work.
The Conservation Action Fund allows Rainforest Trust to take action against the unrelenting threats of habitat loss when and where it is needed most, and your donations make evermore of an impact. Not only is every dollar donated to the Conservation Action Fund doubled by the SAVES Challenge, but 100 percent of gifts to the fund go directly to critical projects, rather than administrative or fundraising costs.
Since the creation of the Conservation Action fund in March 2017, 45 projects have benefited from the fund. Millions of acres have been protected for countless species across the tropics including:
- Critically Endangered Malayan Tigers in Indonesia
- Critically Endangered Cross River Gorillas in Cameroon
- Endangered Fijian Free-tailed Bats in Fiji
- Critically Endangered Cotton-top Tamarins in Colombia
Ensure a greener tomorrow with your donation today
Every day, precious acres of rainforest are lost forever, critically endangered species lose their habitats, communities lose their forest livelihoods, water sources and weather systems are disrupted, and the planet is impacted when stored carbon is released by deforestation.
Rainforest Trust believes that the simple solution of stopping the destruction of the last remaining rainforests will positively impact species, communities and the planet. A gift to our Conservation Action Fund supports our most urgent work around the world.
“Rainforest Trust has my highest respect and in my opinion deserves support for its reserve-creating projects which have exceptional merit,” said Dr. E.O. Wilson, the “Father of Biodiversity.” “The program is a model of what international conservation efforts should be.”
With the help of your donations to GreaterGood programs, this conservation work is making a tangible difference. Whether preserving the Amazon and the way of life for indigenous people, purchasing rainforest in Borneo to create an urgently-needed corridor for Pygmy Elephants, or establishing a network of new national parks across Cambodia, with your support we will preserve all types of critical areas for life on Earth.
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