Save the Mountain Tapir

The mountain tapir is the most endangered species of large mammal in the Americas. It is a very unknown ungulate species related to horses and rhinos, and with only about 2500 specimens remaining in the Andean forest. It lives in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, but there are very few efforts to conserve it, while its forests are destroyed and hunters continue to kill them for sport. These tapirs have a huge impact on the forests they inhabit, by spreading seeds and allowing for carbon storage in the trees. By protecting the tapirs, we also protect the ecosystems they benefit.

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Aware of the need to advance in actions for mountain tapir conservation, a team of biologists created the Mountain Tapir Forever project, which seeks to achieve the conservation of this species in northern South America. This project seeks to educate the public about the species and at the same time implement conservation actions within its habitat, establishing a sanctuary for its management that can guarantee the long-term viability of one of its populations in southern Colombia. This population will also serve as a genetic reservoir for the conservation of the species globally and in perpetuity.

The funds requested in our campaign will be used to study the species in its habitat, through the use of infrared cameras, which help us to evaluate the current status of its population. It is vitally important to identify the presence of newborn tapirs, which is one of the indicators of population's health. 

Although the project is underway, the current situation caused by the pandemic has led to the support we received from zoos to be cancelled, leaving the continuation of our project in doubt.

Our goal is to resume activities in the second half of 2020 with the hope that in 2021 we will again receive support from zoological institutions, but for now we need to have resources for the next twelve months. The monthly expenses of the project is ~$1000, so our fundraising goal is $12000.

At the moment, our infrared cameras continue collecting information in the field, but soon they will probably turn off and stop acquiring information that is vital for the conservation of this enigmatic species.

We will be eternally grateful on behalf of the mountain tapir for the support of the public to our campaign. Please, don’t let this amazing species disappear in the midst of the global biodiversity crisis. Large mammals are the species most vulnerable to disappearing because of human actions, but we can still save them from extinction and allow them to keep on giving value to the ecosystems they inhabit.

For more information on the project:
See our website - https://mountaintapir.com/
Watch this short documentary explaining our work - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Vs26JF_9U&t=500s

Donations

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  • Victoria Restrepo 
    • £20 
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  • Vladimir Maltsev 
    • £15 
    • 2 mos
  • Gillian OGRADY  
    • £17 
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  • Victor Osipov 
    • £47 
    • 3 mos
  • Michelle Salido 
    • £20 
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Fundraising team: Mountain Tapir Forever (2)

Oscar Wilson 
Organizer
Raised £15 from 1 donation
Bathford, South West England, United Kingdom
Sergio Sandoval 
Team member
Raised £210 from 5 donations

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