Our Brazilian friend, Mario Haberfeld, sent us a video of our special puma, Cacao. She was the puma destined for a life of captivity in a zoo enclosure. But Mario and his team at Oncafari wanted to use their jaguar tested and proven re-wilding techniques to give this puma a chance at living freely. Seeing Cacao roaming in the brush and scrub is indeed a sight that makes our hearts happy.
Our favorite vet, Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand, is now safely mobile to give aid and care to her wild clients all over Belize. NTOTA was proud and happy to donate the funds to help make this happen. Please follow her dedicated and heart-felt hard work in Belize by following her on Instagram @BelizeWildlifeRescueClinic.
NTOTA is proud to have supported Field School’s Miami Shark Project short movie highlighting their three-pronged mission. As a women-led science team, they are gathering data that supports the idea of a baby hammerhead shark nursery in Biscayne Bay, Miami, FL. They are also working to create a Marine Protected Area (MPA) within Biscayne Bay, to lessen the destruction of marine eco-systems and marine life due to human impact. And their third goal is to foster the development and advancement of women in science.
Drs. Catherine McDonald and Julia Wester are the powerhouses behind this endeavor. We are huge fans of the entire Field School Team and are excited to be a part of the Miami Shark Project.
Please take a few minutes and watch the Miami Shark Project movie.
NTOTA was thrilled to be able to help FCD realize a dream of building a new Head Quarters. These buildings will serve as a command center for all the FCD Rangers who work tirelessly to protect the Chiquibul Forest and the creatures that live there, like scarlet macaws and jaguars.
Whether relaxing at home or taking a walk enjoying the outdoors, travel to Belize with your ears. Our favorite podcaster, Chris Morgan, investigates and learns about scarlet macaws and jaguars, exploring the landscape of their habitats. Meet some wonderful locals and hear how they are working hard to save these iconic species in this tiny, beautiful country. Trust us, his podcasts are always a good listen and it is the next best thing to being there. NTOTA is proud to be a sponsor that helps make Chris’ podcasts possible.
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NTOTA has a strong desire to protect the 130 breeding pairs of Scarlet Macaws in Belize. That is why the Anti-Poaching Unit run by FCD is easy to fund. This Anti-Poaching Unit patrols the area where the Scarlet Macaws nest, lay eggs, rear, and fledge their chicks. The patrolling discourages the poaching and subsequent sale of macaw chicks.
NTOTA makes its annual contribution to the work of Oncafari.This year we are even more excited than usual as our donation feels extra special.
Here is a note explaining the difference we are making, from Oncafari founder, Mario Haberfeld:
“Cacau is a puma that spent five years in an 8 square meters enclosure at CRAS (A Wild Animal Rehabilitation Center). Moved by the situation that Cacau was in, Onçafari with the support of NTOTA, decided to try to give her a second chance: To be Free again. As she met all the prerequisites for the first steps of the re-wilding process, we brought her to our re-wilding center in the Pantanal to start leading her to a new life in the wild.
With NTOTA’s help, we will have the necessary resources for the entire process, from now until the moment when Cacau is released and beyond: anesthetics for captures and exams, protein-rich food while she does not hunt live prey, all the necessary staff, camera traps and, of course, a radio-collar with GPS so we can monitor her post-release.
Despite having re-wilded 4 Jaguars already, this is the first time Onçafari attempts to re-wild a Puma. We are excited by this new challenge and grateful for NTOTA’s help in this process.”
NTOTA is proud to be a supporter of Oncafari’s groundbreaking efforts.
NTOTA was happy to help fund the purchase of satellite tags to continue studying and tracking juvenile sharks in Biscayne Bay.Biscayne Bay is in our backyards, but more importantly it is close to our hearts.Home to sea grass, mangroves, fish, sharks, rays and dolphins (among other wildlife), it is a really special place we are keen to see preserved and improved so future generations can enjoy the magic of the Bay.
Jump right in and see everything the Garvin Super Team are accomplishing at Getintothefield.com
NTOTA feels lucky to call Chris Morgan a friend.He is an ally of the natural world and all of its inhabitants, and works tirelessly to connect all of us, wherever we are, to nature.We are huge fans.So it made sense to support his podcast work andcollaborate with a select group to make another season of THE WILD possible.
Chris wrote to us about making this a reality:
“…This is incredible news for the podcast and for me personally….you all stepped in when I asked you for help in my time of need and it means so so much to me. THANK YOU THANK YOU!
I smile every time I read your names in the podcast credits (like yesterday as we finished up the latest episode on bats) – this podcast literally would NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOU. We would not be producing it if you each hadn’t stepped in. I’ll be hoping and praying for your continued support for season 4 which will start in around May. And please know that any additional funds you would like to contribute this year will go towards the podcast and to support conservation on the ground as we always do at Wildlife Media.”
Soothe your cabin fever and check out Chris’ wild work at TheWildPod.org