Crowdfunder: Saving animals in the Amazon

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Campaign: The Nature Project -Amazon & Animal Conservation


Véronique Grand and Yvan Bouvier, of Swiss nationality, went to live in the Ecuadorian Amazonia in 2002. As many, they were worried for the environment and the treatment toward the animals. 

In 2007, they created the Swiss-Ecuadorian foundation “Los Monos, Selva y Vida” which is devoted to the conservation of the fauna, the flora and the amazon indigenous traditions.

The Ecuadorian Amazonia has the biggest biodiversity in the world and we should take action now.

Today, Paseo de los Monos is a wildlife shelter located near the city of Puyo in the province of Pastaza, Ecuador. The refuge has one hectare of native forest and has been receiving orphaned wild animals, the victims of trafficking, since 2005.

The shelter’s first goal is to offer the animals a new family in an adequate space appropriate to their natural mode of life. The animals are living inside big parks of native vegetation.

The refuge shelters species in critical danger of extinction, for example primates like: Woolly monkeys (Laothrix poepiggi) and Spider monkeys (Ateles Belzebuth) which are intensively hunted for human consumption, while the babies are sold in towns or cities.

Monkey meat is considered a delicacy in some regions. Sadly, these animals have a relatively short life expectancy and their rate of reproduction is very low: they live until 25 years old and can only have one baby every two or three years.

In  2013 the massive destruction of the Amazon from Brazil to Ecuador started.

The oil and mining companies and agricultural farming are incrementing their activities and as a result the forests are being fragmented. 

This is a hard situation for the wildlife, since they are not able to follow their ancestral paths in order to find food and shelter.

The agony of the tropical forests are the first cause of extinction of animal and vegetable species which are necessary to preserve the fragile ecosystems. 

The more vulnerable will disappear first, and if the destruction of the ¨Lungs of the World¨ goes on, all life will be endangered including humans.

The construction of highways, poaching, traffic of wildlife, the illegal trade of wood, development of places for human necessities like houses, fields for cropping and farming etc, will provoke the extinction of the forests and the contamination of the principal water resources.

For this, the campaign’s organizers are working with The Paseo de los Monos, those involved in the reception and rehabilitation of animals in unnatural conditions and / or in danger of extinction in Puyo. 

The land will be preserved and the animals who have been rehabilitated can be liberated in this protected area. This will allow Paseo de los Monos to shelter more wild animals who are being currently victims of traffic and dispersed in cities or zoos under poor conditions, chained or in cages. 

The campaign’s goal is to raise $36,000 to help the wildlife shelter acquire land of virgin forest at the borders of Parque Nacional Sangay of 50 hectares for nature conservation and to rehabilitate animals into the wild.

In the beginning, the goal was to shelter and rehabilitate orphan animals in order to form groups with them and free them into protected areas. 

It is important to preserve these rescued animals as a genetic resource and their reproduction will allow them to re-inhabit the devastated zones in the future. 

Once the animals are back into their habitat, they will be able to achieve their role in nature, which is the dispersion of seed and preserve the equilibrium of the ecosystems.


A third of Britons have helped refugees in some way, poll finds


Survey finds 31% of British population have given donations in money or kind, and 1.8m households have offered to house refugees in their homes

Almost a third of people in Britain have personally backed the refugee relief effort in the last month, according to a new opinion poll on the crisis.

The Populus survey for the Charities Aid Foundation shows that more than six million people – 12% of the population – have given money to a refugee charity appeal, 10% have donated food, clothes or other goods, while a further 9% have either volunteered their time or backed social media campaigns supporting refugees.

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Superpod of leaping dolphins delights sightseers in Costa Rica – video


Stunned sightseers off the coast of Costa Rica find their small boat surrounded by a ‘superpod’ of dolphins, racing alongside and leaping into the air. Orlando Marin, who posted his footage to Facebook, says they numbered in the thousands. Such a large gathering can be the result of abundant food in the area, or can happen spontaneously

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Paraplegic man walks with own legs again | Science | The Guardian

A man who lost the use of his legs to a spinal cord injury has walked again after scientists rerouted signals from his brain to electrodes on his knees. The 26-year-old American was confined to a wheelchair five years ago after an accident left him paralysed from the waist down. Doctors said he was the first person with paraplegia caused by a spinal injury to walk without relying on robotic limbs that are controlled manually.

Source: Paraplegic man walks with own legs again | Science | The Guardian

Frank Gehry On His L.A. River Opponents: ‘They Should Grow Up’: LAist

{I think he is the one who needs to think again and grow up – Not his river and he has not experience to demonstrate he is capable of the task – other than he is celebrated for strange looking buildings that people make believe are “modern.”}

Critics of Gehry’s work for the L.A. River believe that his celebrity will overshadow the actual mission of the revitalization plan, and his architectural style isn’t a right fit, either. But MacAdams told the N.Y. Times that it’s not just his celebrity that’s an issue, but his inherent lack of understanding of the river, and nature itself: “I don’t think Frank Gehry has been to the L.A. River.” Burn.

Source: Frank Gehry On His L.A. River Opponents: ‘They Should Grow Up’: LAist