2009-2010 Class Projects

Yellow-Headed Parrot Conservation
The yellow-headed parrot group worked to help conserve this species in the Rio Bravo Conservation area in Belize. Through a partnership with Programme for Belize, the team provided concrete support and long-term capacity building on-the-ground, while conducting outreach to both local communities and international stakeholders. Through fundraising and solicitation of in-kind donations, this group provided: training for park rangers combating illegal trade, funding for additional rangers, organizational assistance for a GIS training course, climbing and safety equipment and outreach materials. This group also captured the first-known footage of yellow-headed parrot chicks in the wild, which they used to produce a short film identifying the conservation crisis facing the species.

Saola Conservation
The Saola Team worked to improve snare removal in saola habitat, increase awareness about the plight of the saola, generate financial support for saola conservation activities, and provide capacity for the IUCN Saola Working Group (SWG). The team secured funding for and worked with partners in Vietnam to conduct a workshop in the Quang Nam Province that provided training to rangers related to saola conservation, snare-removal techniques, and identification of key challenges. The Saola team designed a logo and website to serve as a centralized source of information on saolas. They also created the first saola video that will be used by saola conservation partners.

Tapir Conservation
The goal of the EWCL tapir group was to develop education and outreach materials that will generate media excitement and broaden public awareness of tapir conservation efforts. The group produced a 50 page press kit that includes copious information about tapirs and media contacts. The group printed 250 copies of the press kit in both English and Spanish for broad distribution. The group also created a press release highlighting researchers working to save all four tapir species to help launch the kit.

Cotton-top Tamarin Conservation
The cotton-top tamarin group partnered with Proyecto Tití to market Eco-Mochilas, handbags made by local women in Columbia using plastic bags collected from the environment, and raise awareness of the plight of the cotton-top tamarin. The group used blogs, newspaper articles, magazine articles and a cartoon for kids to raise awareness of tamarins and handbags. The group was responsible for the direct sale of nearly 100 Eco-Mochilas and was instrumental in the introduction of the first Cotton-top Tamarin Day in the United States. As a result of Team Tamarin’s efforts the Eco-Mochilas are now certified as Wildlife Friendly through the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.