mico marmoset via Crowdrise
June 14, 2011
BENEFITING: Rare Species Conservatory Foundation, Inc.
RSCF is a small, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting endangered species through captive breeding/recovery/repatriation programs and habitat preservation. Currently RSCF has programs in six countries including Africa, the Eastern Caribbean and South America.
Program highlights include:
The establishement of the first new National Park of the millenium, Morne Diablotin National Park, on the Caribbean island of Dominica. This + 10,000-acre park is home to the island's National Bird, the Imperial Amazon, one of the world's most endangered parrots.
Bongo Repatriation Program - in 2004, RSCF (working with US Zoological Institutions, and the United Nations Foundation) returned 18 critically endangered Mountain Bongo Antelope from the U.S. to a protected reserve in Kenya. This program has since expanded and a Bongo Task Force is now established in Kenya, run by Kenyans. A Bongo Task force has been formed and remote camera monitoring, fencing, and in situ field programs now flourish with the ultimate goal to return bongo to the wilds of the Aberderes Mountains within the Aberderes National Park. The Kenyan breeding group now numbers over 65 animals. RSCF plans to repatriate more U.S. bongo to supliment the Kenyan group.
Red Browed Amazon Recovery Program - once thought doomed to extinction, the Red Brow is the rarest of Brazilian Amazon parrots. Numbering less than 500 in the wild, RSCF has the largest captive breeding group in North America. This program began with eleven founder animals. The captive population now stands at over 50. RSCF is partnering with Brazilian private and zoological organizations to establish a captive breeding program in Brazil with the ultimate goal of releasing Red Brows into protected areas and National Parks.
Black Rhino Conservation in Zimbabwe - RSCF has partnered with Rhino Ark to help relocate and protect the remaining wild Black Rhino in Zimbabwe. Rhino populations have been devestated due to poaching, primarily for rhino horn. In 2009, RSCF trustee Dr. Mark Davis, assisted with the translocation of Black Rhino from Zimbabwe to protected areas. This effort has been documented, for the first time, in a short film called Black Rhino - Horror and Hope. First cuts of this film can be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYKXVrPbNsY
For more information about RSCF, please visit our website, www.rarespecies.org