Today is the UN’s World Wildlife Day, a celebration of all endangered species of wild fauna and flora around the world.

Continued loss of species, habitats and ecosystems threatens all life on Earth, including us. People everywhere rely on wildlife and biodiversity-based resources to meet all our needs, from food, to fuel, medicines, housing, and clothing. Millions of people also rely on nature as the source of their livelihoods and economic opportunities.

In 2022, World Wildlife Day will drive the debate towards the imperative need to reverse the fate of the most critically endangered species, to support the restoration of their habitats and ecosystems and to promote their sustainable use by humanity.

For many of these species, forests are their homes. Yet, since 1990, it is estimated that some 420 million hectares of forest have been lost – an area 17x greater than the United Kingdom. Forests are the lungs of the Earth, producing around 30% of our oxygen. Forests provide habitats for 80% of amphibian species, 75% of bird species and 68% of mammal species.

Carbon Balanced Print and Paper, in partnership with World Land Trust, funds ecosystem protection and restoration projects in Vietnam, Mexico, Ecuador and Guatemala. Here there are some incredible, yet endangered and critically endangered species, whom without this essential protection could disappear forever.

Below are some of our favourites:

Red-shanked Douc

Critically Endangered
WLT Project – Khe Nouc Trong, Vietnam

Red-shanked Doucs spend their days among the treetops in mixed sex social groups of varying sizes. The doucs sleep in large, carefully selected trees with thick canopies, which are entered at dusk and are not exited until dawn.

Jaguar

Near Threatened
WLT Project – Caribbean Coast, Guatemala

Jaguars are formidable hunters. Jaguars can roar, but are more likely to be heard grunting or growling. During the mating season they will mew. Although Jaguars are primarily thought to be nocturnal, they are most active during dawn and dusk.

Spectacled Bear

Vulnerable
WLT Project – Nangaritza Valley, Ecuador

Spectacled Bears are very good climbers and sometimes build platforms in trees by pulling down branches and lianas to form a flat area on which they may feed and rest.

Sunda Pangolin

Critically Endangered
WLT Project – Khe Nuoc Trong, Vietnam

Mainly nocturnal and partly arboreal, Sunda Pangolins climb trees in search of ant nests and to rest during the day in holes or the foliage of epiphytic plants. They will also sleep in burrows dug in soil.

Ecuadorian Capuchin Monkey

Critically Endangered
WLT Project – Nangaritza Valley, Ecuador

Ecuadorian capuchins are omnivorous, feeding primarily on fruits and invertebrates. Like many primates, they live in large groups with complicated social structures.

By tackling carbon, reducing deforestation and protecting threatened species, businesses choosing Carbon Balanced Print and Paper can meet the needs of their customers, their own Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance commitments, and the planet.

Help protect these species and many more by choosing Carbon Balanced Print and Paper, contact us to learn more.

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