SavingSpecies Annual Message from Stuart Pimm
December 16, 2018: 2018 has been such a wonderful year for SavingSpecies, and we’re extremely grateful for your support. Next year promises to be even more exciting, for we have new projects, several of our corridor projects are at critical stages, and some nearing completion. We now have corridor projects in Colombia, India, and Sumatra (Indonesia), and three each in Ecuador and Brazil, with other projects likely to come online soon. For the first time, we started actively monitoring our restoration efforts with drones, camera traps, and gigapans, in addition to utilizing our satellite imagery. The media were kind — including a full page spread in the New York Times. We recruited our first executive director, Erin Willigan, and with some wonderful supporters, we both visited almost all our projects. That’s such a breathless list that I can only share some personal highlights of our work. Highlights of Our Work Indonesia: Sumatra—we launched a new corridor program by helping our local partner Leuser Conservation Forum (FKL) purchase 37 hectares. Our long-term goal is to develop substantial connections in the Leuser Ecosystem of Aceh and northern Sumatra for elephants, orangutans, rhinos, and tigers. The new corridor will allow these and other threatened species—under threat from habitat loss and poaching—to safely access and traverse a river and the protected forests north and south. Ecuador: Chocó Rainforests—we continued to make purchases with our partner Fundación Jocotoco, including connecting two isolated protected areas forming an approximately 4,500 hectares of contiguous protected land. In addition, we were able […]