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The Indonesian island of Sangihe, long noted for its endemic wildlife, holds the highest concentration of threatened bird species anywhere in Asia, and possibly the world. Thanks to generous support from our donors, we have successfully reached our fundraising goal for this project.
These species, however, lack protection, and each day the destruction of Sangihe’s tropical forests continues unchecked, the potential for species loss grows more likely.
To conserve Sangihe’s tropical forest and its rare and endemic species, Rainforest Trust is partnering with Burung Indonesia to create the 22,000-acre Gunung Sahendaruman Reserve. The proposed reserve will be Sangihe’s first protected area and will provide its endangered species with the critical habitat they need to survive. For only $2 an acre we can create this urgently needed reserve with your help.
Sangihe Island, Indonesia
Cerulean Paradise-flycatchers (CR), Talaud Bear Cuscus (CR), Sangihe Strike-thrushes (CR), Sangihe Tarsier (EN)
Deforestation and hunting
Create 22,000 acre Gunung Sahendaruman Reserve
Price Per Acre
Sangihe is home to 9 endemic bird species, 8 of which are threatened. Facing the most danger are populations of the Cerulean Paradise-flycatchers and Sangihe Shrike-thrushes, which may number as few as 50 individuals each.
In addition to its extraordinary avifauna, the island also contains populations of the Talaud Bear Cuscus (top), a threatened marsupial, and the Sangihe Tarsier, an endangered primate confined to Sangihe. Threatened birds on Sangihe include: Sangihe Hanging-parrot, Sangihe Kingfisher, Sangihe Dwarf Kingfisher, Sangihe Shrike-thrush, Sangihe Golden Bulbul, Cerulean Paradise-flycatcher, Sangihe White-eye, and the Elegant Sunbird.
Despite the island’s high conservation value, deforestation has already claimed much of Sangihe’s forests.
Making things worse, the illegal pet trade and hunting continue to take a toll on Sangihe’s endemic species and their numbers have dropped significantly in recent years.
Upon receiving independence from Dutch rule in 1945, Sangihe Island was incorporated into the Indonesian province of North Celebes.
Local inhabitants earn their income by fishing, weaving, farming and, increasing, through tourism. Among other agricultural products, Sangihe’s fertile volcanic soils are used to grow nutmeg, rattan, and coconuts. The island’s Sanghir-speaking population totals 194,253.
Thanks to the generous support of our Board members and other supporters who cover all of our operating expenses, Rainforest Trust is able to allocate 100% of donations to conservation action. No board member receives financial benefit and our staff salaries are modest.
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