Rainforests are one of the most vital natural habitats left on Earth. Since 1988, the U.S.-based conservation nonprofit organization Rainforest Trust has helped safeguard over 17.6 million acres of wildlife habitat around the world (that’s larger than the states of West Virginia and Delaware combined!). By working with in-country partners and communities to identify ecosystems that are home to the planet’s most threatened species, Rainforest Trust has helped create over 100 protected areas across Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
This action is crucial, as every day nearly 70,000 acres of Earth’s rainforests are destroyed, pushing more animals to the brink of extinction. Rainforest Trust currently has efforts underway to increase protection to over 32 million acres in the coming years, and these sites are estimated to provide a place of refuge for 63 percent of the world’s bird species, 42 percent of all mammal species and 25 percent of all amphibian species.
Did you know…
- 20% of the world’s oxygen comes from the Amazon Rainforest
- 50% of the world’s plants and animals are found in the rainforest
- 70% of the known cancer fighting plants exist only in the rainforest
- Rainforests safely store billions of tons of carbon, helping ward off climate change
As part of our mission to give back, we donated 10% of que Bottle profits to directly support the Conservation Action Fund. As a result, we were able to help protect 2700 acres of rainforest!