Target: Evo Morales, President of Bolivia
Goal: Save critically endangered species found only in threatened areas of Bolivia
With its diverse ecosystem of grasslands, forests, islands, and marshes, Bolivia is the exclusive home to some of the world’s most unique animal species. To name a few, the giant anteater, the critically-endangered blue-throated macaw, and the threatened maned wolf are only found in the natural habitats of Bolivia. In fact, there are at least 68 endangered animal species in Bolivia today. Poor law enforcement and government refusal to prosecute poachers and traffickers are to blame. Save critically endangered species in threatened areas of Bolivia before they become extinct forever.
One of the main causes of species endangerment in Bolivia is the intentional burning of habitats for pastureland. The habitat of the maned wolf, including the biologically rich Beni Savanna, is being aggressively cleared for agricultural production. These savannas are also home to the blue-throated macaw, and less than 400 of these beautiful birds have survived the deforestation today.
Destructive cattle ranching is another major cause for native species endangerment in Bolivia. The cotton-top tamarin monkeys have already lost about 80 percent of their natural habitat because rain forests are being torn down to accommodate grazing land. Hundreds of other animals, including jaguars and bears, depend on these rain forests for survival as well. To learn more about what you can do for threatened species in Bolivia, check out the Ecology Fund. Sign the below petition to urge to Bolivian government to support long-term habitat protection policies to preserve native species that can survive nowhere else.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
Dear President Morales,
Your country is home to some of the most beautiful and unique species on the planet. However, destructive deforestation and ranching methods are threatening to destroy the rain forests and wetlands that these species depend upon for survival. The cotton-top tamarin, blue-throated macaw, and the maned wolf are just a few of the many species that may become extinct unless you enforce policies that protect natural habitats and punish poachers and traffickers.
I am urging you to work with local environment groups to designate lands for farmers and ranchers to use for agricultural purposes. The native species in your country are essential to the food chain and the overall balance of your environment and economy. Human development of natural resources in Bolivia has exploited the region’s twenty-two protected areas, which are home to over 70 percent of the native plants and animals. Please prosecute poachers and traffickers for destroying protected lands by properly enforcing environmentally sustainable laws.
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