In 1988, three visionary conservationists had a bold plan: to purchase and protect threatened rainforests and save endangered wildlife through community engagement and local partnerships.
Their vision became Rainforest Trust.
Rainforest Trust purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement. Through these highly effective partnerships, we can ensure sustainable results necessary for the long-term protection of tropical ecosystems and the wildlife they hold.
Our unique, cost-effective conservation model for protecting endangered species has been implemented successfully for over 30 years.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the expertise of our partners and the participation of local communities across the tropics, our reserves are exemplary models of international conservation.
Note from MAG:
When I started this project, there was one thing I knew for sure, that I wasn't going to waste my time vlogging, just to get subs or seeking some sort of self-gratifying end game. I knew I wanted to focus on education, including my own since I have not even touched the hobby since early 2000. The exhibit had to have (sooner or later) an HD camera available for students, kids, anyone interested in rainforests, poison dart frogs, amphibians in general, tropical plants, water systems, fish, etc., if you are interested in it, then I wanted you to view it online 24/7 .
But still, what can I do with this project, to make a difference in the real world?
I knew about the Rainforest Trust since I was always intrigued about the concept of buying the land that you wanted to preserve...genius! I contacted them with my story and an image of my logo (large leaf with a Golden Poison Frog behind fonts)
Within a week or so, I received an email from Rainforest Trust's, Leslie VanSant, to setup a time to talk on the phone.
The day of the call, we exchanged greetings and she hesitated and told me, "I see you have the Golden Poison Frog on your logo".
I explained that it is one of my favorite animals. I didn't get into detail but I have always loved their look, toxin, boldness they always drew my attention, like little bulldogs of the rainforest! (Bulldogs, haha...ahem, uhmm, I'll talk about that subject later in a vlog) Leslie tells me that they just set aside over 27,000 acres of land (they had finalized the deal with the local community just within the week) with the goal of saving it's main occupant...yes...the Golden Poison Frog!
As I picked up my jaw and screamed in my head "PROVIDENCE", well, I think it was obvious that this was going to happen.
So, as you can tell we have partnered with Rainforest Trust, who has in the past 30 years, saved OVER 18+ million acres of land from deforestation and illegal mining, giving it back to the local populations with the tools needed to protect it. We will use The Rainforest Exhibit to raise awareness of what the Rainforest Trust does and help raise money for them so they can purchase more land to protect. They will help spread the word about The Rainforest Exhibit, which we will be most grateful for.
The Rainforest Exhibit will be, for the first few months, a mess of parts, epoxies, high density foam, soils, bugs (isopods and springtails that will be the janitors of the exhibit), substrates, clay, charcoal, mesh, tubing, bulkhead fittings, pumps, lights, heaters, UV sterilizers, on and on. When it comes together, and it will, and I promise it will be unique, then it will be for learning, observing, discussing. During all of this, we will draw your attention to the Rainforest Trust, a place that is attempting to save the real thing. We will try to help them raise awareness and funds, using our unique position with of all things, custom sneakers, bands, celebrities.
Feel free to donate and make sure to tell them who sent you.
MAG, Creator of The Rainforest Exhibit and Custom Sneaker Artist