(Blue Morpho Butterfly)
Ya'axché Conservation Trust is a community-oriented NGO that couples conservation with sustainable development to advance integrated landscape management in southern Belize. The focal geographic area for Ya'axché's activities, the Maya Golden Landscape (MGL), extends from the Maya Mountains to the Port Honduras Marine Reserve in the Caribbean Sea and forms part of the largest remaining contiguous areas of broadleaf forest in Central America. The MGL includes two important protected areas managed by Ya'axché:
In addition to managing protected areas, Ya'axché puts an equivalent focus on the livelihoods of the surrounding communities. Our guiding principles are the belief that conservation plans should be based on sound science and research and that engagement with local communities through sustainable livelihood initiatives is integral to the protection of resources.
For more information visit: www.yaaxche.org
The Red Wolf Coalition (RWC), established in 1997, is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Columbia, North Carolina. The RWC works to raise public awareness about the endangered red wolf and to promote opportunities for ecotourism in the area where the red wolf resides. The mission of the RWC is to advocate for the long-term survival of wild red wolf populations by teaching about red wolves and by fostering public involvement in red wolf conservation. The goals and objectives of the Red Wolf Coalition are:
RWC works in partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Red Wolf Recovery Program to further accomplish these goals.
For more information visit: www.redwolves.com
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity: the key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. The Society runs ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, carries out scientific research in the Institute of Zoology and is actively involved in field conservation in over 50 countries worldwide.
For more information visit: www.zsl.org
Launched in January 2007, ZSL's EDGE of Existence programme prioritises species for conservation attention according to their degree of unique evolutionary history (Evolutionary Distinctiveness) weighted by conservation urgency (Global Endangerment, representing threat status according to the IUCN Red List). The world's most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species are not only on the verge of extinction but are also totally unique in the way they look, live and behave. These irreplaceable species include the long-beaked echidna (one of only two types of egg-laying mammal), the Chinese giant salamander (a newt that has reached human proportions) and the West Indian solenodons (the only mammals capable of injecting venom into their prey through their teeth). EDGE species are immediate priorities for conservation attention because if they disappear then millions of years of unique evolutionary history will be lost forever and there will be nothing like them left on earth.
Our research has identified a major gap in global conservation efforts: 64% of the world's top 100 EDGE mammals and 85% of the top 100 EDGE amphibians are currently receiving little or no conservation attention. These alarming figures are likely to be even higher in less well-known taxa. EDGE's mission is to secure the future of these forgotten species through supporting targeted on-the-ground action for priority EDGE species (EDGE Projects), building conservation capacity in regions in which priority EDGE species occur (through our Fellowship programme) and encouraging others to support and engage in EDGE species conservation.
For more information visit: www.edgeofexistence.org
Kakapo have inhabited the South Pacific nation of New Zealand for thousands of years but, with the arrival of humans and introduced predators, their once abundant numbers rapidly declined.
By the 1970s only 18 kakapo were known to exist, all in remote Fiordland and all males. The species seemed doomed to extinction.
But in 1977, a population of male and female kakapo was discovered on Stewart Island, giving new hope for the survival of this special bird. Since then, a small team of dedicated staff from the Department of Conservation has worked tirelessly to protect, manage and grow the kakapo population in the wild.
They have been supported by volunteers from throughout New Zealand and, increasingly overseas, who provided extra support – by nest-minding and supplementary feeding – during the precious, but infrequent, breeding seasons.
Today, with fewer than 130 birds, kakapo breeding populations are on two predator-free island sanctuaries: Codfish Island (Whenua Hou), off Stewart Island and Anchor Island, in southwest Fiordland. Staff work year round ensuring the birds are safe, healthy and well fed.
The aim of Kakapo Recovery is to establish at least two managed populations of kakapo and another self-sustaining population, each with at least 50 breeding-age females, in protected habitats.
For more information go to: www.kakaporecovery.org.nz