Introduction to Pacuare’s New Stewards

A Message from EPI Co-Founder & Executive Director:

Dear Pacuare Reserve supporters,

As John Denham wrote to you in an earlier note, he and The Endangered Wildlife Trust recently gifted Pacuare Nature Reserve, its land, and its assets, to Ecology Project International (EPI), an organization my wife, Julie Osborn, and I co-founded at Pacuare 16 years ago. This gift demonstrates the deep trust in and commitment to our shared vision of protecting the Reserve in perpetuity, and we are excited to honor John’s legacy through continued conservation efforts and local community engagement.

For Julie and myself, Pacuare is a magical place that has changed thousands of lives, including our own. Sitting on Pacuare’s beach in 2000, sand under our feet, salty breeze blowing in off the Caribbean, Julie and I hatched a plan. From that moment forward, we have dedicated our careers to empowering youth to take an active role in conservation. What started as a dream is now a reality, and more than 23,000 students have joined us to learn about and protect nature – many of these students at the very same beach where EPI began.

I am humbled and grateful to John Denham, founder of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, for his long-time partnership and support of our work. On behalf of the EPI staff and board, I want to acknowledge and thank John and the Endangered Wildlife Trust board for their confidence that EPI will honor their legacy by protecting this biodiversity hotspot long into the future.

As many of you know, Pacuare’s 2,500 acres of lowland tropical rainforest and 4 miles of coastline are part of the world’s fourth most important nesting site for the vulnerable leatherback sea turtle. Green and hawksbill sea turtles also nest here each year, but sea turtles are only part of Pacuare’s incredible story. Pacuare serves as a haven for the rare Agami heron, hosting one of only two known Agami rookeries in all of Central and North America, and the only rookery easily accessible to humans in the world. In total, more than 32 species of mammals, including jaguars, sloths, and three species of monkeys, and more than 230 documented species of birds call Pacuare’s forest home.

These species need our help, and you can make a difference. Pacuare and the conservation impact that happen on its shores cause ripples that move through me, EPI’s students, teachers, and everyone who has ever experienced its breathtaking majesty. It’s all connected, and so are you.

Protecting this treasure requires a village. Continuing to increase impact requires resources.

Please help make this possible through your continued support. Will you join us today to #PreserveProtectPacuare and make a donation? We’ve already secured $900,000 of our $1 million goal, and every dollar you give will be matched.

Funds raised from this campaign will sustain Pacuare’s conservation initiatives and support scientific research, staffing, local involvement, and more – all of which helps protect the thousands of species of flora and fauna that call Pacuare home.

To learn more about EPI and Pacuare’s partnership, visit our website. Thank you for being a part of this exciting transition.

Best wishes,

Scott Pankratz
Executive Director & Co-founder
Ecology Project International

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