Land Purchase for the Santarem Parakeet

Project Cost: $1,008,973

Funding Raised: $638,324

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70,000 acres of tropical forest are lost every day.


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Safeguard the Amazon-Cerrado Rainforest

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is edged with transitional forests that act as corridors into some of the country’s most unique ecosystems. The Amazon-Cerrado of Central Brazil is one of the most important transitional forests, hosting a variety of species from both the Amazon and the biodiversity-rich Cerrado region. Since the 1970s, 95% of the Amazon-Cerrado transitional forest ecosystem has been cleared, largely due to unsustainable slash-and burn agricultural practices for soybean farming. Header Photo: Santarem Parakeet, by Nick Athanas.




Santarem Parakeet (EN); Giant Otter (EN); Chestnut-bellied Guan (VU); White-lipped Peccary (VU); Bare-faced Curassow (VU); Channel-billed Toucan (VU)

(EN)=Endangered, (VU)=Vulnerable


Instituto Araguaia

253,531 mT*
*(metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents)

Save Critical Habitat for the Santarem Parakeet

This forest is home to every large mammal species native to the Cerrado, including Endangered Giant Otters, Giant Anteaters, Marsh Deer and White-lipped Peccaries. The region also hosts 202 bird species––including the endemic Endangered Santarem Parakeet, also known as “Tiriba-de-Hellmayr” (the species name in Portuguese).

However, a great deal of biodiversity in the region is still unknown, with most of the reptile, amphibian, invertebrate, and plant species of the region not yet assessed by the IUCN.


Stop Decades Long Deforestation

At the current rate of deforestation, over 50% of the region’s remaining native vegetation will be lost within the next 20 years. The many animals that rely on it will be left highly vulnerable, and range-restricted species like the Santarem Parakeet will become extinct.

To halt this destruction, Rainforest Trust and our local partner Instituto Araguaia are working to safeguard a  2,523-acre parcel of Amazon-Cerrado transitional forest. The new protected area is part of a long-term strategy that will create a network of reserves, bolstering protection in the region. Help us safeguard this unique transitional forest for the Santarem Parakeet and all its resident species. Photos: (Above) Brazilian Rainforest, by Rainforest Trust; (Below) Giant Otters, by Zoofanatic/Flickr.


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