Under its canopy, the rainforest provides us:
One hectare (2.47 acres) of rainforest may contain over 750 types of trees.
At least 80% of all food plants originated in the tropical rainforest such as banana, pineapple, papaya, mango, guava, tomato, peppers, corn, rice, sugarcane, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, coconut and cashew among many others.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 3,000 plants that are active against cancer cells, of which 70% are found in the rainforest.
Vincristine, extracted from the rainforest plant, Periwinkle, is one of the most powerful anticancer drugs used in treating acute childhood leukemia.
A single rainforest reserve in Peru has more species of birds than the entire United States.
A single pond in Brazil can sustain a greater variety of fish than are found in all of Europe’s rivers.
More than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon rainforest.
Tropical rainforests help maintain global rain and weather patterns.
Donate $1, $5, or $10 at your nearest Butterfly Pavilion register.
Visit www.butterflies.org to make an online donation.
Drop a few coins into Butterfly Pavilion’s Conserve the Canopy coin funnel.
Buy Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM coffee, chocolate, bananas, and other products.
Use less paper and/or buy environmentally friendly paper.
Recycle things like newspapers, cans, glass bottles and jars, aluminum foil, motor oil, and scrap metal.
Carpool, if possible.
Be an eco-tourist to support rainforest communities while embarking on a memorable adventure!
Research! Learn more about the rainforest and all that it provides us.
Volunteer your time at a conservation-focused organization such as the Butterfly Pavilion.
Spread the word! Encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to connect and contribute too.
To help our visitors and the community make a connection to the rainforest, to help underwrite our efforts in partnering with one more rainforest butterfly farm, and to ultimately conserve the rainforest together.
To raise $20,000 – enough funds to allow the Butterfly Pavilion to establish a sustainable partnership with El Bosque Nuevo, a nonprofit butterfly farm in Costa Rica.
This will bump us up from 16 partner butterfly farms to 17 butterfly farms. Each butterfly farm allows us to bring even more diverse butterflies to our conservatory here in Colorado and, more importantly, to conserve more of the rainforest.
El Bosque Nuevo (translated: The New Forest) uses 100% of the profits they make off of butterfly farming for reforestation, rainforest conservation and research.
El Bosque Nuevo was established in 1995 with just 50 hectares (123.5 acres) of rainforest. In order to sustainably conserve their land, El Bosque Nuevo started a butterfly farm which allowed them to export butterfly chrysalides to zoos and butterfly houses in countries across the globe while keeping the rainforest intact.
Today, El Bosque Nuevo has a total of 270 hectares of rainforest where half of the land is protected and the remaining half has been reforested.
Their farm, greenhouses, laboratory, and guesthouses are all environmentally friendly. Their generator and cooking stoves run on liquid petroleum gas for cleaner emissions and they use sunlight and alternative energy to create electricity. A deep well provides water for domestic use, the greenhouses, and their agriculture projects.
El Bosque Nuevo practices integrated agro-forestry which includes planting local species, crops such as cut flowers, spices, and medicinal herbs, and, of course, host plants needed for adult butterflies and their pupae to grow and thrive.
They also have several guesthouses available for visitors from universities and research institutions around the world. Visitors are able to make the most of the lush biodiversity to develop their biological investigations and engage first-hand with nature.
Visit http://www.elbosquenuevo.org to learn more about the fantastic rainforest conservation work being done by El Bosque Nuevo.