Save the Wild Avocado!

By Claire Kaufman, Environmental and Sustainability Program Manager

In Costa Rica, there is a patch of rainforest home to a beautiful variety of little avocados.

Avocado. Photo: Children’s Eternal Rainforest.

However, a large portion of this rainforest is poorly protected and heavily deforested. Without urgent action, it could disappear forever. And with it, the avocados that feed some of Costa Rica’s most spectacular fruit-eating birds, including the Resplendent Quetzal, Black Guan, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, and Three-wattled Bellbird.

Three-wattled Bellbird (Procnias tricarunculatus). Photo: Orlando Calvo.

Not only do birds depend on the avocados for food, but the little avocado trees depend on the birds, who are not bothered by the relatively large seed. The birds eat the fruit whole, later regurgitating the seed and dropping it to the ground below, usually from the original tree. This seed dispersal supports ecosystem health and, in some cases, even helps natural regeneration (reforestation) in nearby pastures.

If we do not act soon, we will deprive our colorful winged friends of this delicious, green fruit; and the avocado of its ability to regenerate. We are working with the Children’s Eternal Rainforest to protect 10 acres of critical rainforest in perpetuity. By purchasing and safeguarding the land, they will restore habitat and migratory routes for wildlife and provide space for little avocados to grow and thrive. With your help, we can make sure other species can enjoy avocados just as we humans do.

Costa Rican Rainforest. Photo: Lindsay Stallcup.

YOU can help! Click here to save the wild avocado (and safeguard rainforest for many other species)!

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by Claire Kaufman, February 19, 2018