Just in time for Halloween, we are thrilled to report that we have found a castle for Dracula—actually, the stunning and rare ‘Dracula orchid’ that grows in the remote cloud forests of the Andes mountains of Colombia. Well, by “castle,” we mean that we have established a mountain stronghold for this beautiful species, by completing a land purchase in the area where the orchid is found.
Thanks to your support, we have just made the final payment to purchase and restore the dwindling cloud forest habitat where the Dracula orchid is found. What is especially rewarding is that the project has gone far beyond our original conservation goal to save the orchid. In the project area, our Colombian scientists discovered nine new species of frogs! The area is also home to endemic hummingbirds such as the dusky star frontlet, which lives only in this delicate ecosystem.
As if these were not good enough reasons to carry out our good work, you can imagine our delight when we confirmed that the olinguito—the first carnivore mammal discovered in more than 30 years—lives in our project area.
Colombia really is one of the last frontiers for undiscovered biodiversity, so we are proud that our work there has helped conserve such a vast array of life: mammals and amphibians previously unknown to science, and who knows what plants, trees, flowers, birds, and insects?
The success of this project shows that when we use the best science, partner with the leading conservation professionals in the countries where we work, and make decisions strategically, SavingSpecies is more effective than any one at saving Earth’s biodiversity.
Given that today is Halloween, the timing is almost scary! Please take a moment to share our “treat” to tell your friends that Dracula now has a “castle” in Colombia!