WE HAVE GREAT NEWS

AoC is officially now global!

Under Julie’s leadership, the AoC board and staff have updated the strategic plan, identified a new geographic focus, and selected a new base of operations.

OUR MISSION IS UNCHANGED

To inspire children and their families to conserve biodiversity through creative learning and one-health awareness.

But what has changed is where we will be working. We will be bringing our programs to communities in ecologically sensitive areas throughout the Caribbean Basin, which includes Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean Islands, Venezuela, and Guyana.

Our new base of operations will be Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

We are excited about this part of the world because it is so diverse, and the need to better protect this diversity is so great. There are already numerous protected areas, parks, and reserves, which is a good sign. There are also many places with remarkable cultural, biological, and geological diversity found across a relatively small area.

For example, in northern Honduras, the edge of the Mesoamerican reef (the second largest coral reef on Earth and a popular tourism destination) is less than an hour’s drive from a Garifuna fishing village in one direction, and a gorgeous mountainous rainforest full of toucans in another. In southwestern Guyana where giant anteaters, jaguar, and giant otters are still plentiful, Macushi Amerindians live on expansive savannas and fish in rivers and ponds that overflow during the wet season. The Maya people of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula live near a variety of habitats, including dry and wet tropical forests, mangrove swamps, lagoons, and cenotes—all rich with wildlife.

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The other exciting thing is that even as we start working in the Caribbean basin, our work in central Africa will continue through the work of a newly created partner organization, Conservation Heritage – Turambe, or CHT. (Turambe means “let us be sustainable.”) 

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For more information please email info@art-of-conservation.org.

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