Some places on Earth are truly exceptional.
This holiday season, your support will help us protect biodiversity unrivaled by any other place on the planet—Peru’s breathtaking Manu National Park.
Covering over 7,200 square miles—twice the size of Yellowstone—Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve sweeps from the Andean highlands down to lush Amazonian rainforests. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Manu houses 10 percent of Earth’s total bird species and a spectacular array of wildlife and plants. In fact, Science magazine recently declared it an “irreplaceable area” for threatened species (Nov. 2013). Manu is also home to at least four indigenous tribes living in voluntary isolation.
This year marks 40 years since Manu’s establishment. All of us at the Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) hope you will join us to celebrate this milestone in a way that really matters—by helping us protect this magnificent place -- before it’s too late.
The sad truth is that Manu National Park and its surrounding forests are in danger. Though the park is protected by Peruvian law, its sheer size means its staff cannot patrol every mile of its border. Illegal loggers sneak in, and fires (set by nearby farmers to clear new farmland or to improve pasture) often burn into the park. In the area around Manu, the deforestation rate has grown by 20 percent over the past decade, and at the current rate, more than 38,000 acres are lost each year.
That’s why ACA’s work in and around Manu is so important. Because of your past support, we have been able to train, equip, or pay for more than 30 Manu park guards. Outside of the park, ACA's projects with local communities protect the surrounding forests—Manu’s critical buffer zone—from fire, logging, and other causes of deforestation.
YOU play a critical role in saving the most biologically diverse landscape in the world. We cannot continue our work without your support. Join with us to honor Manu and ensure that its biodiversity is protected for another 40 years.
All donations up to $100,000 will be matched this month (through December 31).
1. Mail us a check! Please make it out to "Amazon Conservation Association" and send it to our office at 1822 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 with "donation" in the memo. You will receive a tax receipt by mail by January 31.
2. Secure tax-deductible online donations can be made to ACA in one of two ways:
Please note: a small processing fee is taken out of donations made through PayPal (2.2% + $0.30) or Network for Good (5%). This will be deducted from your donation unless you elect to add the fee to your donation.
“Manu National Park, a World Heritage Site, is the most beautiful and biologically important park in the entire Amazon basin.”
--Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and ACA board member
Good news! ACA has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the leading charity evaluator in America, and is featured in the 2013/14 Catalogue for Philanthropy as "one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region."
ACA also accepts stock donations through our Charles Schwab account:
Account name: Amazon Conservation Association
Account Number: 23638761
DTC code 0164
Additional information on stock donations (pdf)
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Orchids at the Wayqecha Cloud Forest Research Station, adjacent to Manu National Park. Photo: Megan MacDowell
Girl with carved Agouti paca. Photo: Joaquin Leguia
Three-toed sloth at Los Amigos Conservation Concession, which borders Manu National Park. Photo: Susan Cousineau
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