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Re-Wilded Puma Surviving and Thriving

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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.

 

Field School Launches Miami Shark Project Initiative

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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.

 

 

To learn even more, please read their recent open access publication on the identification of a great hammerhead nursery area through #ProjectBabyHammer, donate to support their research, or join their mailing list to be kept up-to-date on project progress and how you can help.

New HQ for FCD

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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.

Head to Belize with Chris Morgan

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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.

You are just a simple click away from being transported to a favorite place…. Listen now by clicking below.

THE FLIGHT OF THE SCARLET MACAWS

 

THE PATH OF THE JAGUAR

 

 

Exposing Wildlife Killing Contests

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Fellow environmentalists Filipe DeAndrade and Brian Moghari of The Comfort Theory have a new campaign.  They went undercover into the world of Wildlife Killing Contest to expose the dark side of this “sport.”

 

 

Help them #StoptheKill by signing this petition and join the thousands of people to say this is not okay.

 

Learn, sign and share.  www.ProjectCoyote.org

NTOTA Funds Anti-Poaching Unit of FCD

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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.

Miami Waterkeeper takes on FPL and Turkey Point Pollution

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With groundwater pollution, canal collapse, and wildlife impacts, Florida Power and Light’s Turkey Point nuclear reactor is deleterious to the environment and its inhabitants alike.  Miami Waterkeeper is fighting to stop this ongoing environmental deterioration.  Florida Power and Light’s Turkey Point nuclear power plant, located less than 25 miles from downtown Miami is LEAKING CONTAMINATED WATER into the Biscayne aquifer (our drinking water supply) and into Biscayne Bay — and trying to get us to foot the bill for their $200 million pollution problem. Not only that, they are trying to run the aging Turkey Point plant for an unprecedented 80 years until the year 2052.

 

Please check out the Miami Waterkeeper FACT SHEET  for the full details of FPL’s enviromental damage.

Sign the Miami Waterkeeper petition to make your voice heard and be part of the solution.

Belize Film Project

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Belize is a country we are passionate about.  It is one of the world’s best kept secrets and it is under threat.  Our goal is to create a mission critical movie that highlights the beauty and the dangers to this unique environment.  The movie will be shown worldwide used to educate enlighten and motivate people to get involved and join in protecting this wonderful place for future generations to enjoy. The movie will also be edited and broken down in to “shorts” that will be a help in to educating the younger generation of Belizean’s about the beauty on their doorstep and how it can lead to their future prosperity if it is protected.

We are partnering with National Geographic and a world renowned production company based in the UK to make this film a reality. NTOTA has pledged $100,000 to make this film into a reality, however we are $200,000 short of our $400,000 budget.

We are looking for corporate sponsors, or and a couple of private donors to step up and help us close the gap. Contact us directly if you think you can help, mark@ntota.org.

Below is brief description and introduction to the film.

Belize – a tropical paradise in peril. We follow Belize’s eco-heroes on their quest to save their country’s extraordinary wildlife and precious ecosystems.  In Central America, between Guatemala, Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, lies one of the most biodiverse places on earth: Belize. Wild worlds dominate the land and the sea. Belize has the largest unbroken coral reef complex in the Western hemisphere and a vast expanse of jungle covers over 60% of the land. In fact, in 1996 the Belize Barrier Reef was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Being part of the tri-national Maya Forest bioregion, Belize is a central component of the second largest forest system on Earth and hidden amongst the trees lie ancient Mayan temples and countless rare and wonderful animal species. Among them the mighty jaguar, choruses of howler monkeys performing a collective jungle concert, and the highest density of scarlet macaws found anywhere on earth – hundreds of them form flocks of dancing vibrant colors. It is a birdwatchers’s exotic paradise.

But, in around forty years the forest will be gone, the corals will be dead and the ecosystem destroyed. Belize could be but a legend. The country is heavily exploited, with illegal logging, over-fishing, wildlife poaching and coastal development destroying the ecosystems at a staggering rate.

Yet, all is not lost. True eco-heroes exist here in Belize, and are working tirelessly to save their country. Fearless scientists, conservationists and locals have joined forces to save species, ecosytems and heritage, with a chance to set the example for the rest of the world. Through the film, we follow the adventures of selected personalities that have made it their life’s mission to protect Belize’s natural treasures: missionary Belizean fishermen that change their traditional fishing habits to help battle the lionfish invasion; ground-breaking jaguar research in the field to ensure that humans and jaguars can peacefully live side-by-side, with never-before-seen footage of jaguars in Mayan caves. And, we will visit a camp in the middle of the jungle where a group of young Belizeans live for many months to guard the precious scarlet macaw nests in mating season and protect them from poachers.

Human stories full of passion and excitement are intertwined with wildlife sequences, combining blue-chip natural history with character-led human storytelling. Breathtaking landscapes and heartwarming animal stories remind the audience of the great loss Belize, and the world, would be facing if these heroes do not continue to fight.

This film serves as an eye-opener to the realities and importance of wildlife conservation: daily struggles, critical missions and then the unforgettable accomplishments: Jaguar hunters that become conservationists, fishermen learning revolutionary fishing techniques, and successfully protected scarlet macaw chicks hatching.