Maned Wolf Success!

Maned WolfThe Maned Wolf is a one-of-a-kind canine species, not closely related to the jackal, fox, wolf, or dog. At one point, its one-of-a-kind “roar-bark” could be heard throughout much of Eastern Bolivia. Now, after 4 million years on the Earth, the maned wolf faces extinction. Its habitat is being quickly cleared to make way for agricultural production in Bolivia’s Beni savanna. There are now less than a thousand Maned Wolves remaining.

In 2013, and The Rainforest Site asked you to donate to a Gift That Gives MoreTM that would help the Rainforest Trust (formerly World Land Trust-US) save the Maned Wolf from extinction–and you listened! We are proud to say that this year we surpassed our fundraising goal of $50,000, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the Rainforest Trust for a total of $100,000. Your donations helped purchase 14,827 acres, which more than doubled the size of the Barba Azul Reserve in Eastern Boliva, giving the Maned Wolf a safe range to live and hunt.

Blue Throated MacawThe Barba Azul reserve also provides a safe home and food sources for the critically endangered Blue Throated Macaw, of which only 200 individuals remain. It also is home to the “Vulnerable to Extinction” Giant Anteater, Jaguars, Puma, Capybara, 250 species of birds, and more.

On his most recent trip to the area, Rainforest Trust CEO Dr. Paul Salaman reported:

“The difference between the reserve and non-protected areas is quite clear. Three species of deer are found in the reserve, while outside its boundaries there are only cattle. Maned wolves have been spotted on various occasions towards dusk near the field station. It’s also clear that the reserve is an important wintering and stopover point for many migratory species, including birds from the U.S. and Canada.” is very proud to support this project, and grateful to YOU for your incredible support. None of this would be possible without you!

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