Sure, you have a bunch of questions! Questions are good. Here we’ve divided the FAQs into two. One set of questions is about SavingSpecies, who we are, what we do, and so on. The other set is about biodiversity, what it is and why it’s important. Click on the question to see the answer.
Questions about SavingSpecies
|SavingSpecies makes it easy for you to help save species. We use science and technology to choose places which are most threatened and which have the most species. While we choose “mascot” species to highlight an area, all programs are in places where biodiversity is very high. We ensure donation dollar gets the most bang for the buck. To help us save species, visit our How to donate page.|
|SavingSpecies is an organization committed to preserving Earth’s biodiversity. We use science to decide the best places to spend conservation money.|
|Hundreds of individuals have donated to help us save species. Money for conservation programs buys land in areas that are most threatened that have the most species.|
Our advisory committee includes several of the world’s top conservation biology researchers.
All SavingSpecies program go through a strict selection process.
|SavingSpecies is distinguished from other conservation organizations by five key differences:
You can learn more about what makes SavingSpecies different on our About page.
|Typically in tropical countries. Such countries have the greatest number of species at risk of extinction. Rainforests hold the greatest number of species, but other habitats, including tropical dry forests are in great danger.|
|This is a tough question. The answer depends on the country. For some countries, the answer is “yes”. Generally, we’re looking for ways of passing the management to local organizations and national parks. Therefore, we do not encourage direct purchase of land. However, under some circumstances SavingSpecies will be willing to negotiate direct purchase.|
|We look for projects where local authorities — such as the equivalent of the US National Park Service — agree to manage the land. We continue to monitor the land through satellite observations as well as expecting the organizations who handle the purchases to continue their work.|
|SavingSpecies has received charitable 501(c)3 status from the IRS. Direct donations may be tax-deductible as allowed by law. When you donate, we will provide a receipt with evidence of our 501(c)3 status. Please consult your tax expert for advice.|
|We stand by the reputations of the advisors who form our collective, their research, and what they accomplish. Our decisions are open and transparent because we require detailed justifications for our recommendations. SavingSpecies is featured on charity rating websites, such as Guidestar|
|Yes. One hundred percent of donations goes directly to saving species. We do not siphon off any overhead for expensive offices, lobbyists or glossy brochures. Plus we bring a huge collective experience to the decisions. Our board of expert advisors priortizes where to act and why.|
|When you help SavingSpecies buy land, that area is set aside to grow trees. The trees absorb carbon which offsets the carbon you add to the atmosphere by driving, flying, and using electricity. We all ought to pollute less. But if we wait another half century to reduce our carbon dioxide pollution, it’ll be too late. In the meantime, we’ll lose a third or more of all life on Earth. Help us save species while there’s still time.|
Questions about biodiversity
What is biodiversity?
|Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth. It can include genetic resources and variety among habitats and ecosystems. When SavingSpecies refers to biodiversity, it usually refers to the number of species in a particular place.|
|We believe biodiversity is critical to the sustainable existence of human life on Earth. We see high biodiversity as important for three primary reasons: economic, cultural and aesthetic.
|SavingSpecies focuses its conservation efforts in biodiversity hotspots – areas of the world’s highest biodiversity. We combine data from these hotspots with assessments of their vulnerability. Key areas where SavingSpecies is working to restore or conserve biodiversity include Brazil’s Atlantic coast rainforest (Golden Lion Tamarin Project), Madagascar (Bamboo Lemur Project), and the eastern slopes of the Andes (Colombian Orchids Project). Other areas of high biodiversity include those indicated in red on the map below. We encourage organizations from these and other areas to submit proposal to work with SavingSpecies.|