Monarch Butterflies on tree branch in blue sky background, Michoacan, Mexico
Status
Funded

Save Mexico’s Biodiversity Stronghold

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Project Overview

The highly vulnerable Monarch Corridor contains dense tropical forests, home to threatened Jaguars, parrots and frogs.

  • Species at Risk

    6 species

  • Carbon stored

    44,816,160 mT*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Pronatura Noreste

  • 1,487,748 Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: $778,556
Funding Raised: $778,556

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Mexico
Acres

1,487,748

Project Overview

The highly vulnerable Monarch Corridor contains dense tropical forests, home to threatened Jaguars, parrots and frogs.

  • Species at Risk

    6 species

  • Carbon stored

    44,816,160 mT*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Pronatura Noreste

  • 1,487,748 Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: £566,715
Funding Raised: £566,715

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Mexico
Acres

1,487,748

Safeguard threatened mountains in Mexico

In the last decade alone, Mexico’s Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range has lost more than 88,000 acres of forests. Of the land outside federal or state-protected areas in the region, more than 85% of the forests have been cleared for agricultural and livestock use. These unsustainable activities are a constant threat to the rich variety of ecosystems within the Sierra Madre.

To prevent any more destruction, Rainforest Trust and our local partner Pronatura Noreste are working to safeguard a 1,487,748-acre protected area of the “Monarch Corridor” within this mountain range, so named because critical migratory routes of the Monarch butterfly converge here.

Did you know?

85%

of land outside existing protected areas has been cleared.

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Red-crowned Amazon
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Red-crowned Amazon

Yellow-headed Amazon
2 of 5

Yellow-headed Amazon

Monarch butterfly
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Monarch butterflies.

Red-crowned Amazons
4 of 5

Endangered Red-crowned Amazons

Mammillaria carmenae
5 of 5

Critically Endangered Mammillaria carmenae

Protect a corridor for rare species

The Monarch Corridor boasts high levels of biodiversity and endemism because it contains habitat ranging from desert and sub-montane shrublands to tropical forests.

The proposed protected area intersects four Key Biodiversity Areas and will provide a fundamental corridor for 281 bird species, including the Yellow-headed Amazon (EN) and Maroon-fronted Parrot (EN). The Red-crowned Amazon (EN) also resides in the site, whose populations have declined by over 75% in 30 years due to poaching and habitat loss.

In addition, 132 mammal species will also benefit from this protection, including the magnificent Jaguar as well as 45 amphibians, 142 reptiles (109 of which are endemic) and over 4,000 plant species—including the Critically Endangered cactus Mammilaria carmenae and Endangered Mesoamerican Yew.

Support a network of protection

The new reserve will be part of a larger strategy to ensure conservation and connectivity between protected areas in the region, including the neighboring 1,853-acre Rainforest Trust-supported Regalo de Dios Voluntary Conservation Area (declared August 2019).

Your support of this project will allow our partner to work with local communities to develop a management plan, monitor the protected area, engage them in environmental education activities and encourage sustainable agricultural practices.

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