The Cerro Amay Project
All apparel purchased protects 100 square yards of land for endangered wildlife in the cloud forests of Guatemala.
As one of the few pristine cloud forests remaining in the world, the Cerro Amay in Guatemala is of the highest immediate conservation priority. Although cloud forests occur globally on tropical mountains, they are very rare, comprising less than two percent of all forests, and many of them continue to be destroyed. Where cloud forests survive, not only do they provide shelter for thousands of endemic tropical species, but they serve as cauldrons of discovery as scientists continue to discover new montane species previously unknown to science.
Cerro Amay’s old growth forests provide a home to a wealth of Guatemalan biodiversity threatened elsewhere in their ranges.
The Endangered Yucatan Black Howler monkey is classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List due to an estimated past and projected future population decline well exceeding 80% over three generations (45 years), primarily as a result of a high rate of habitat loss.
In 2009 Cerro Amay was declared an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area by Birdlife International, with 265 avian species occurring there including many highland endemics such as the magnificent Resplendent Quetzal – considered by many to be the most beautiful bird in the world and revered by the Mayan K’iche people as a sacred symbol of liberty which today adorns the Guatemalan flag.
This project presents the opportunity to contribute to creating a true conservation legacy in Guatemala by helping protect one of the last remaining montane tropical rainforests in the western highlands of Guatemala through the acquisition of
50,657 Acres of remaining forest
With the longer-term goal of having the area declared an official protected area at the national level, this endeavor is part of Global Wildlife Conservation's larger scale conservation effort to conserve and establish corridors between the largest remnants of forests.