Along side raising awareness about key conservation, we also aim to assist the members of our network with fundraising campaigns . We are in the process of putting together material for new campaigns for each of our network organisations which we will be launching over the coming months. Scroll down below to see some of the work we have been doing.
save the sloths
Sloths are adapted to primary forests where the dense foliage keeps them camouflaged from danger. Due to their very low metabolic rate, they are slow movers and unable to escape from danger. It also means they can't jump and so rely on trees being close together to enable them travel around their habitat in search for food and mates. The only time sloths would usually come to the ground is once a week to defecate, but with a decrease in forest cover sloths are spending much more time on the ground in order to travel to new areas. Not only does this expend huge amounts of energy, it also puts the sloths at tremendous risk from vehicle collisions, dog attacks and being taken from the wild by humans.
Luckily there are dedicated groups of people working hard to ensure the safety of this incredible animal. The Sloth Conservation Foundation (SloCo) in Costa Rica identify key sloth routes through
their monitoring projects, and install sloth bridges. Sloth bridges are ropes tied between trees across gaps in the canopy which enable sloths to get from one tree to the next without having to come down to the ground. The sloth bridges also benefit all the other species in the forest that need a safe route to get from A to B. This project is an immediate solution to the problem of forest fragmentation and just the beginning of SloCos plans. By planting native trees as part of their Connected Gardens project they aim to reconnect forest fragments along crucial wildlife routes.
We raised money to fund a new sloth bridge as well as vital research equipment that SloCo need in order to carry out their conservation work.
PLant 4 hornbills
Much of the Borneo's jungles over the past few decades have been destroyed and turned into palm oil plantations, leaving the remaining areas of forest very fragmented and isolated. Without connectivity it is very challenging for many species to find enough food, suitable mates and to escape from danger. The isolation also causes a reduction in population genetic diversity, making species increasingly vulnerable to disease and changes in their environment.
Luckily 1StopBorneo have a vision to change this and have been able to secure the rights to regenerate native forest corridors through the palm oil plantations, in order to connect various isolated fragments.
They will be planting mainly 25 different species of native wild fig trees in the planned areas. The reason for this is because firstly the seeds can be easily gathered from the forest and planted in a nursery, to be grown into young trees for transplanting. But the most important reason is because the fruits are widely eaten by a variety of species, particularly hornbills, who subsequently disperse the seeds into different areas. Therefore by choosing fig trees, the regeneration of the forest should take place at a faster rate. The seeds of other tree species would also be naturally dispersed into the planting area by animals who come to feed on the fig trees with a stomach full of seeds from other fruits they have eaten.
We raised funds to finance the planting of hundreds of fig trees to support the creation of this vital habitat corridor.
Mountain Gorilla Covid Fund
The Bwindi Development Network (BDN) work with the frontline communities around the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, teaching them about mountain gorilla conservation and reforming locals from wildlife poaching. Much of this work relies on the organisation being able to provide ex-poachers with eco-tourism jobs which unfortunately all came to a halt during the Covid-19 pandemic. While the world was in lockdown, Rafiki, a silverback of the Bwindi mountain gorilla population, was killed by poachers. This incident highlighted how vulnerable the mountain gorilla population is without the important work of the BDN. As such, we urgently began a campaign to raise funds to be put towards providing the frontline communities with work and food in the absence of tourism, so that they can reframe from entering the forest to hunt.
So far we've
We also designed the logo for BDN which they now have printed on all of the teams uniforms!