Urgent appeal to save and expand remnant Atlantic Rainforest02/10/2012 09:57:30 Strategic Protection of the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil
September 2012. The lush rainforest carpeting Serra Bonita mountain range in eastern Brazil represents the last significant example of a unique habitat that supports rare and endemic flora and fauna. The area is at the heart of an urgent conservation initiative by World Land Trust (WLT) and Instituto Uiracu to strategically purchase private properties to expand the Serra Bonita Reserve.
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Through the incorporation of these new lands this reserve will prevent the further destruction of this unique habitat, which contains the highest levels of biological diversity and endemism in Brazil. As part of one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world- Atlantic rainforests- it is currently considered as one of the highest priorities for global conservation efforts.
The properties being sold around the reserve are prime lands for deforestation and agriculture development. There is a high risk that farming cooperatives will acquire these properties if we do not act soon. Rich forest areas that are ideal for farming are often very expensive in Brazil, but our partner has negotiated prices of around $450 per acre. Urgent action is required- please help us safeguard this amazing region and all of its biodiversity.
Serra Bonita Reserve
Logging and hunting
This situation has been reversed over the past nine years of active conservation and many threatened species have returned to the Serra Bonita. The puma (Felis concolor), is now common and its presence demonstrates that these prey species numbers have increased. Frequently seen primates include the capuchin, marmoset, and the titi monkeys. The Yellow-breasted capuchin (Cebus xanthosternos) populations have increased substantially since the SBR was established. Groups are frequently seen (up to 28!!) around the research centre and lodge, as well as by the rangers in other parts of the reserve. A group of the Golden-headed Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysomelas) has also been observed.