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July 19, 2000
ECOLOGYFUND.COM ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH PRONATURA and the WILDLANDS PROJECT TO PROTECT ENDANGERED MEXICAN WILDLIFE
Ann Arbor, MI - Pronatura, Mexico's largest conservation group, and The Wildlands Project based in Arizona, have announced their official partnership with EcologyFund.com (www.EcologyFund.com), a click-to-donate wilderness Web site that has preserved over 1,460 acres in five months. It costs nothing for site visitors to donate 292 square feet of endangered wild land per day. Pronatura (www.pronatura.org.mx) and The Wildlands Project (www.twp.org) join the Rainforest Trust in the U.K., the Wilderness Land Trust in the U.S., and the Nature Conservancy of Canada as official partners of EcologyFund. Through EcologyFund.com, people from around the world can make a free donation to save land in the U.S., the Amazon Basin rainforest, Patagonia, Canada, and now Mexico. The new project will protect some of Mexico's most endangered species by conserving imperiled habitats.
"By partnering with EcologyFund, we are able to inform a much larger audience about the uniqueness of our cause and the urgency of the help needed," says Dr. Ernesto C. Enkerlin Hoeflich, Director of Pronatura. Leanne Klyza Linck, Executive Director of The Wildlands Project, sees EcologyFund as another tool for achieving its objective to "serve as a catalyst for the establishment of a connected system of wildlands which would join Mexican landscapes to the U.S. Southwest." The project titled "Protect Endangered Mexican Wildlife" on the EcologyFund Web site, encompasses two diverse conservation efforts: rare habitat in the Cuatro Cienegas Valley, and 6,000 acres of Sierra Madre forest called Cebadillas de Yaguirachic.
75% of the Mexican project donations will purchase land in Cuatro Cienegas Basin.
The Pozas Azules ("blue wells"), located in the Cuatro Cienegas Valley, are an extensive series of cenotes, or small desert springs, that formed in gypsum deposits. Within these sink holes, ground water rises to within 3-6 feet of the surface. The color of the pools varies from black to white, with the deepest ones (around 40 feet) appearing milky-blue, giving the area its name. These small ponds contain many unique species like the Cuatro Cienegas pupfish and cichlid, as well as living stromatolites. Fossil marine stromatolites provide the first evidence of life on Earth.
Groups join forces to save Mexican Thick-billed parrot habitat.
Founded in 1981, Pronatura is a non-profit, Mexican civil organization whose mission is to protect and conserve Mexico's biodiversity. Pronatura collaborates with local communities, government agencies and other national and international organizations. The Wildlands Project, based in Tuscon, Arizona, is a non-profit group of conservation biologists and citizen conservation activists devoted to developing a North American Wilderness Recovery Strategy, which will recover whole ecosystems in every region of North America.
Since its launch in February, EcologyFund.com has saved over 1,460 acres of wilderness land. All land is added to nature reserves or parks and paid for by site sponsors including Novica, iPrint, Zeal, CoolSavings.com, CharityMall, the Environmental News Network, and Working Assets.
EcologyFund.com founder Tim Kunin is available for interviews: Kunin@EcologyFund.com or 781-461-6161.