One of the central aims of Carbon Balanced Paper is to raise funds for a number of conservation projects around the world, each one protecting a large area of land to prevent valuable habitats being lost to deforestation and other threats to animal species.

Among those species are mammals, amphibians, birds and reptiles that are on the IUCN Red List, a stark indication that they are in grave danger of becoming extinct. Here are some of those animals.

Red-Shanked Douc


Found in the Khe Nuoc Trong region of Vietnam and across Laos and Northern Cambodia, the red-shanked douc is a brightly coloured monkey with an immediately recognisable yellow-orange face. As well as facing the significant threat of habitat loss, the duoc is hunted for traditional medicine and the illegal pet trade, as well as for food.

Classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List, numbers of the red-shanked douc have declined by more than 80% in the past 36 years, with their susceptibility to hunting compounded by their instinct to stay motionless in the tree canopy rather than fleeing to safety when faced with threat.

Black-eyed Leaf Frog

Black-Eyed Leaf Frog


Also known as Morelet’s tree frog after the French naturalist that first discovered it, the black-eyed leaf frog has a startling look, with a green body, red or pink underbelly and, unsurprisingly, large black eyes. It likes to live in moist forests on the mountain slopes of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and Mexico, areas that have been severely affected by habitat destruction due to deforestation. Coupled with the fungal infection chytridiomycosis, its population has plummeted and the amphibian is currently marked as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

Spectacled Bear


As the only bear found in South America, the spectacled or Andean bear lives in the Andes mountain range, in a narrow strip of land running from western Venezuela through Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina and Peru. Indeed, it’s believed that this bear was the original inspiration for Michael Bond’s Paddington.

Named for its distinctive markings around its eyes, the spectacled bear is a solitary animal, preferring to live in forests. However, with the increase of deforestation in South America, the bear’s numbers are falling sharply as its natural habitats give way to cornfields. The species is also vulnerable to poaching to meet the demand for bear gall bladder in Asia.

Ecuadorian Capuchin in tree

Did you know… Marcel from the TV series Friends was a Capuchin!

Ecuadorian Capuchin


Increasingly restricted to small areas of forestry in Ecuador and Peru, the Ecuadorian capuchin has a distinctive white front and lives in large groups high in the forest canopy. Classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List, the primate is under extreme threat from deforestation through commercial forestry, with 98% of the primary forest of western Ecuador lost, and the remainder dangerously fragmented, making it harder for the species to forage for food.

Helped by Carbon Balanced Paper, World Land Trust are working in the Nangaritza Valley in south-east Ecuador to purchase 500 hectares of land, as well as support the creation of a 20,000-hectare community reserve to preserve the habitat of the capuchin and many other animals and plant species.


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