The Las Tángaras area of northwestern Colombia is perhaps the least known rainforest on Earth. It is home to many endangered species and may hold one of the greatest concentrations of species new to science.
In September 2010, a team of tropical biology experts visited Las Tángaras and in just a few days discovered countless exciting species. Many are believed to reside nowhere else on Earth!
Unfortunately, this region is highly under-protected and has few controls against colonization, creating an urgent need to buy this land before it is developed. Currently, private landowners are selling parcels of this delicate forest to the timber, mining and agriculture industries who will inevitably destroy their incredibly diverse ecosystems.
Rainforest Trust has designed a comprehensive conservation plan for Las Tángaras to ensure that this destruction doesn’t continue. Currently, Rainforest Trust is working to acquire property that is best situated to prevent further deforestation and protect isolated indigenous communities.
When companies or investors buy forest properties, they gain access to the wilderness behind them. By buying and protecting these points of access, we can stop encroachment into a vast neighboring wilderness area of more than 82,000 acres. This means that for every acre Rainforest Trust acquires, an additional 15 acres are protected.
The Las Tángaras Protected Area will be one of the most diverse and important rainforest sites on Earth. It will protect precious rainforest ecosystems against rapid colonization, as well as maintain the livelihoods of several indigenous communities.
Your clicks have a direct impact on efforts to save the Las Tángaras rainforest before it is lost forever. Click today to keep this crucial rainforest pristine!
Rainforest Trust (formerly World Land Trust-US) is proud to have saved over 7 million acres of endangered habitats since its inception in 1989. Their proven conservation approach and established network of dedicated local conservation organizations allow them to identify key rainforest sites containing the last populations of endangered wildlife under imminent threat. Rainforest Trust moves swiftly to purchase and protect these biodiversity treasures permanently throughout Central and South America. Their effective model empowers indigenous communities and local partners to steward their own lands.
Check out the video below to see rare footage from within Columbia’s Las Tángaras Reserve, and to learn more about the crucial impact Rainforest Trust’s efforts are having on the local environment.
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