Dear EPI Supporter,
I am excited to share groundbreaking news with you for Ecology Project International and our Costa Rica program. As testament to our commitment and shared vision of protecting the Pacuare Reserve in perpetuity, John Denham and trustees of The Endangered Wildlife Trust have gifted Pacuare, its land and its assets, to EPI. As of June 1, EPI is the next steward of Pacuare Reserve in Costa Rica, a 2,500 acre coastal rainforest teeming with native flora and fauna, two research stations, boats, visitor facilities, and supporting infrastructure.
Protecting this treasure requires a village. Continuing to increase impact requires resources.
Please help make this exciting transition possible by joining our #PreserveProtectPacuare Campaign. Will you sign up now and make a donation? We’ve already secured $900,000 of our $1 million goal, and every dollar you give will be matched. Please make a donation today.
Julie and I have worked at Pacuare for 16 years; it’s a magical place that has changed thousands of lives, including my own. Sitting on Pacuare’s beach in 2000, sand under our feet, salty breeze blowing in off the Caribbean, Julie and I hatched a plan. From that moment forward, we have dedicated our careers to empowering youth to take an active role in conservation. What started as a dream is now a reality, and more than 23,000 students have joined us to learn about and protect nature – many of these students at the very same beach where EPI began.
I am humbled and grateful to John Denham, founder of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, for his long-time partnership and support of our work. On behalf of the staff and board of EPI, I want to acknowledge and thank John and the Endangered Wildlife Trust board for their confidence that EPI will honor their legacy by protecting this biodiversity hotspot long into the future.
Pacuare’s 2,500 acres of lowland tropical rainforest and 4 miles of coastline are part of the world’s fourth most important nesting site for the vulnerable leatherback sea turtle. Green and hawksbill sea turtles also nest here each year, but sea turtles are only part of Pacuare’s incredible story. Only accessible by boat, the Reserve is on the Tortuguero canals, 30 miles north of Limon. Pacuare serves as a haven for the rare Agami heron, hosting one of only two known Agami rookeries in all of Central and North America and the only rookery in the world easily accessible to humans. In total, more than 32 species of mammals – including jaguars, sloths, and three species of monkeys – and more than 230 documented species of birds call Pacuare’s forest home.
These species need our help, and you can make a difference. Pacuare and the conservation impact that happen on its shores cause ripples that move through me, the EPI staff, our students, teachers, and donors. It’s all connected, and so are you.
Funds raised from this campaign will sustain Pacuare’s conservation initiatives and support scientific research, staffing, local involvement, and more – all of which helps protect the thousands of species of flora and fauna that call Pacuare home.
Donate here to support #PreserveProtectPacuare. To learn more about EPI and Pacuare’s partnership, visit our website.