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What We Protect

Unless we take action now, by 2010, 50% of all species on Earth may become extinct.  divider

Save the Jaguar


The Jaguar, long revered for its hunting prowess and strength, has also been feared for the same reasons, even though jaguars have rarely attacked humans. In the ancient Inca and Mayan civilizations the secretive and elusive jaguar came to represent majestic beauty, power, stealth and mystery. One of the many ancient stories is the Mayan myth of the Jaguar supernatural being, Jaguar Sun, who rose each day in the east and then prowled west, aging along its course thru the sky, until finally plunging into the darkness of the west. Then Jaguar Sun fights the Lords of Xibalba (the Underworld) all night. Through his strength and cunning, Jag-uar Sun wins the right to rise each day in the East, making Jaguar Sun the ruler of both day and night.

Jaguar PopulationNow, this mystical, elusive animal’s survival is questionable in many areas of the Americas. Once numbering around 400,000 animals just half a century ago, the total jaguar population is currently down to less than 17,000 animals in the wild – a 96% decrease. The jaguar is currently listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. The jaguar faces not only habitat loss thru climate change and deforestation, but also the threat of being killed by poachers looking to cash in on its prized fur, as well as the constant threat of conflict with ranchers and farmers who often kill the jaguar on sight. Climb for Conservation intends to raise funds and awareness for the near-threatened jaguar through fundraising events and direct appeals by the participants of our Machu Picchu Trek for Conservation. Please go to our website at to sign-up for one of our Climbs or other events and to learn more about how you can make a real difference in helping to save jaguars and other species at risk.divider

Endangered Rhinos

Just 13 more years and all Rhinos could be gone…

We support various in-country conservation projects around the world, including the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary, which is the only rhino sanctuary in Tanzania. We recently delivered $30,394 to help care for the fourteen black rhinos who currently live at the Sanctuary.  The animals living there are intensely protected by a team of dedicated anti-poaching patrols. Currently, there are only sixty-seven Eastern Black Rhinos in all of Tanzania, and together with the Tsavo National Park across the border in neighboring Kenya, the Mkomazi Sanctuary forms one of the largest protected areas in Africa.  According to The Independent, “Rhinos are being killed in such unprecedented numbers that there are realistic fears they could be wiped from the face of the planet within a generation. If this happens, it will be the first major extinction of an animal in the wild since the worldwide conservation movement began.” Click here for more information on the serious and growing problem of Rhino poaching in Africa.

Baby Rhino

“How could we leave a world to future generations that doesn’t have rhinos?” – Ginna

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Ginna interviews Louis Psihoyos, Director of ‘The Cove,’ about mass extinction risk:
Andean Condor and Andean BearGinna was recently in Ecuador climbing Cotopaxi (2nd highest mountain in Ecuador) and learning about the near-threatened Andean Condor and the Andean Bear.
Elephants Kileld by PoachersPoachers kill 11 elephants in worst Kenyan attack (Reuters – January 7, 2013)

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