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Arcas Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association Ltd


Chicago, IL


ARCAS seeks to support biodiversity conservation in Guatemala by - Enhancing the organizational capacity of organizations carrying out conservation activities in Guatemala - Increasing access of Guatemalan conservation organizations to US donors - Raising awareness in the US about the destructiveness of the illegal wildlife trade.

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Ms. Amy Gotliffe

Main Address

140 S Dearborn Street Suite 1510

Chicago, IL 60603 USA


wildlife conservation, environmental education, research, sustainable community development



Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

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ARCAS supports efforts to end the loss of biodiversity in Guatemala caused by the illegal poaching and trafficking of wildlife, the loss of natural habitats, and unregulated harvesting of wild animals and plants and their products. Guatemala suffers from high levels of poverty and inequality and any conservation effort must also be combined with efforts to meet the basic human needs of marginalised human communities. The central government lacks the resources to carry out wildlife conservation activities on its own, and ARCAS supports government agencies in enforcing environmental laws, raising awareness on the damage caused by the illegal pet trade, and carrying out environmental educational activities with local students.

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ARCAS wildlife rescue and conservation program

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ARCAS's goals include educating and raising awareness in the United States of the following, as well as raising funds to provide grants to accomplish the following: The conservation, preservation, protection and research of wildlife and the habitat it needs to survive. The rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction into their natural habitat of wild animals seized from illegal traffickers. The promotion and assistance in the creation and management of protected habitat areas for wild animals. Support to tropical wildlife veterinary medicine and research. Raising awareness among Guatemalans and visiting tourists about the need to conserve natural resources through a program of education and information dissemination. Developing and promoting economic alternatives in rural communities to the unsustainable consumption of natural resources.

ARCAS supports integrated efforts to conserve the biodiversity of Guatemala, by educating and raising awareness in the United States of the following and by providing grants and technical expertise in Guatemala to carry out: (a) Environmental education; (b) The management protected areas; (c) Networking, fundraising and advocacy for the conservation of endangered species and their habitat; (d) Wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release; (e) Captive breeding of endangered species for release; (f) Sea turtle conservation and research; (g) Mangrove conservation and research; (h) Sustainable community development (efficient wood-burning stoves, gender, ecotourism and small-business development); and (i) Wildlife trafficking enforcement activities.

ARCAS is an Illinois non-profit corporation formed in 2019 whose main focus is supporting biodiversity conservation, the management of protected areas, sustainable community development, and environmental education in Guatemala. It strives to accomplish this by educating and raising awareness in the United States of these efforts. It is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals with experience working, living in, and visiting Guatemala concerned with the deteriorating state of the rich biological legacy of the country.

ARCAS's principal indicators of success or matrixes, and accomplishments for 2020, are being able to provide grants to further Guatemalan conservation efforts, so that the following may be accomplished: WILDLIFE RESCUE AND CONSERVATION *Rescue of 200 - 400 wild animals of 50+ species per year, 120 -- 180 released. *40,000 -- 60,000 sea turtle eggs rescued. *Rescue, rehabilitation, or necropsies of 15 -30 marine fauna *Captive breeding and fledging of 2 - 4 scarlet macaws, release into the MBR. *Logistical, legal support, capacity-building for 10 -- 16 wildlife trafficking enforcement activities. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND OUTREACH *Presentations in schools for a total participation of 3000 - 4500 students per year; *Participation of 1400 students in activities such as reforestations and wildlife releases; *Participation of 100 students in veterinary training courses; *18,000 visitors to the Biodiversity Education Center; *300 - 600 participants in the volunteer/internship program. CREATION AND MANAGEMENT OF PROTECTED AREAS *Administration of a 55ha protected area in Peten *Creation and administration of the Hawaii Marine Protected Area (HMPA) *Creation and development of the 25ha El Salado Reserve *Support to the management of the Cordillera Alux Reserve (5000ha) *Creation and administration of 25ha Laguna de Palos sanctuary ADVOCACY ON WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND WELFARE *Support to the drafting of the Animal Welfare Law in Guatemala. Creation of the Animal Welfare Unit in Guatemala. *Participation in the boards of the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) and the National Forestry Institute (INAB). Member of the Species Survival Network, Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG-IUCN) and Zoos Committed to Conservation. WILDLIFE RESCUE AND POPULATION MONITORING *COLORES Yellow-naped amazon project *Sea Turtle population monitoring and formulation of annual situational analysis *Support to 6--10 research projects per year. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES *2 -- 4 workshops per year on gender, ecotourism, and other sustainable development themes. *Sustainable community development projects

Since 1998, individuals who are now ARCAS board members have participated in and provided funding for wildlife conservation in Guatemala, including organizing ecotours to support wildlife rescue and environmental education efforts, providing technical expertise in the development of projects and fundraising, conducting fundraising campaigns in the United States in support of wildlife conservation efforts in Guatemala, and facilitating wildlife lobbying and advocacy efforts carried out in the United States. In 2019 these individuals decided to formalize their activities in a concerted effort and established the 501(c)(3) company of ARCAS Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association, Ltd.

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