A round-up of recent news from World Land Trust-US, U.S. partners of the World Land Trust. For the latest news about their conservation projects, or to subscribe to their eBulletins visit the WLT-US website.

Over one million acres of rainforest saved in Peru

Rainforest in Peru

1,039,390 acres of pristine rainforest in the Amazon lowlands of Peru has been saved, thanks to World Land Trust-US (WLT-US) and Peruvian partner CEDIA (Center for the Development of the Indigenous Amazonians). The Matsés National Reserve was declared by the Peruvian government 27th of August and will protect not just wildlife but also the isolated Matsés indigenous Amazon tribe fighting to preserve their ancient way of life.

For more information, see: Over one million acres of Amazon rainforest saved

New reserve for critically endangered wren in Colombia

Niceforo’s Wren

World Land Trust–US, along with the American Bird Conservatory and their Colombian partners Fundación ProAves have recently purchased over 3,200 acres of East Andean dry forest to protect the Niceforo’s Wren. This species of bird is critically endangered and in serious threat of extinction with a total world population of less than 25 pairs. The reserve is located in the Chicamoca Vally and is one of the last remaining areas of dry forest in the region.

Find out more about the new reserve: A Brighter future for the World’s most endangered dry forest species

Reserve Created for Niceforo’s Wren – Just 50 Birds Remain

New Blue-throated Macaw behaviour discovered in Bolivia

Blue-throated Macaw

Bolivian projects partners Asociación Armonía have begun a volunteer research expedition at the Barba Azul Nature Reserve, which has revealed brand new information on the behaviour of the Blue-throated Macaw. Individual parrots had so far only been seen briefly, in pairs. However, the research revealed that up to 25 individuals may group together, feeding and preening. This group behaviour had not previously been recorded for the Blue-throated Macaw.

The Blue-throated Macaw is known locally as the ‘Barba Azul’ and the reserve is the first protected area in the world for this critically endangered bird, which is endemic to Bolivia.

Learn more about the Blue-throated Macaw project: Saving the Blue-throated Macaw, Bolivia

Read the full article on the Barba Azul research in Parrots International Magazine: First Biological revision of the Barba Azul Nature Reserve, Beni, Bolivia