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FRIENDS OF MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST RESERVE

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve of the Tropical Science Center was established in 1972 as one of the first private areas for biodiversity conservation in Costa Rica. It is dedicated to conservation, research, and environmental education. To give you an idea of its importance on our planet, the Monteverde Preserve holds 2.5% of the world's biodiversity and hosts an astounding 50% of the species found in Costa Rica. More than 126 species of mammals, 448 species of birds, 60 species of amphibians, and 101 species of reptiles live here. It is one of the few remaining habitats in Costa Rica that supports all six feline species — jaguars, ocelots, pumas, oncillas, margays, and jaguarundis — in addition to endangered avian species like the three-wattled bellbird and resplendent quetzal. This protected cloud forest also provides numerous benefits to people, including pure air and clean water. Income generated from tourists' visits to the Preserve fully funds the Environmental Education Program. Before 2020, this income covered the program's expenses. Unfortunately, the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic significantly reduced tourism since March 2020, which has depleted financial resources. We urgently seek funding to continue our vital education and conservation programs. Through donations from folks like you, we hope to raise $150,000 in 2021 to continue our essential environmental education workshops, citizen science projects, and educational tours to the cloud forest. Income generated from tourists' visits to the Preserve fully funds the Environmental Education Program. Before 2020, this income covered the program's expenses. Unfortunately, the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic significantly reduced tourism since March 2020, which has depleted financial resources. We urgently seek funding to continue our vital education and conservation programs. Through donations from folks like you, we hope to raise $150,000 in 2021 to continue our essential environmental education workshops, citizen science projects, and educational tours to the cloud forest.


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Since 1992, our mission is to help protect and manage the forest and wildlife resources of Monteverde, serve the community, facilitate their participation in resource management activities, support the Environmental Education Program, and provide all visitors with an opportunity to enjoy cloud forests and learn about their biodiversity.