To kickstart this series, let me take you on a ride through last year at Rainforest Partnership 2021 Highlights. Scroll to see what our team accomplished this past year.
Beep beep! Next stop: Cordillera de Colán in Perú, where we'll get to know Pablo Venegas, renowned herpetologist and one of our amazing team members.
Storms, scorpions, snakes, and bears surround Pablo in the Cordillera de Colán, which feels like a second home to Pablo and his team. His passion for frogs and lizards began very early in his life, but now he is letting us get a peek into that world through all the incredible discoveries he and his team are making in this barely studied area in Perú.
We are all extremely excited to share our breaking news from 2021: the naming of two of the new frog species Pablo discovered here in the Cordillera de Colán!
The second discovered species, is very personal to the RP team. Meet Paul Pittman, Pristimantis paulpittmani was named in memory of Paul Pittman, a valued Rainforest Partnership volunteer who passed away in 2017. We are very grateful to Paul’s family for supporting our work at Rainforest Partnership in Paul’s honor, including Pablo’s work.
Here is the incredible thing. Both of these new species develop directly by skipping the whole larval stage.
Stay tuned to dive deeper into our work in Cordillera de Colán in 2022!
For our last stop, we are heading to Medellín in Colombia, a city located in a warm valley, high in the Andes. Here we will meet Andrea Builes Vélez.
Films of the Forest, our annual film competition, harnesses the power of film, stories, and the people at the forefront of forest protection, to raise awareness and inspire action for tropical rainforests around the world.
I'm thrilled to announce that after two years of online screenings, Films for the Forest 2022 will happen in person again, returning as a part of the 2022 SXSW community screenings. I'm delighted to invite you to enjoy a selection of our incredible 2021 winning films.
We can't wait to see you at the Rollins Theater at the Long Center in Austin, Texas on Sunday, March 13th!