Arcas Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association Ltd

aka ARCAS   |   Chicago, IL

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2020

President

Ms. Amy Gotliffe

Main address

140 S Dearborn Street Suite 1510

Chicago, IL 60603 USA

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EIN

84-2450728

NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.

Our programs

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ARCAS wildlife rescue and conservation program

ARCAS seeks to raise awareness and support efforts to end the illegal trafficking of wildlife in Guatemala. It's objectives include:

1. To educate in the United State about the devastating and potentially dangerous effects of the illegal wildlife trade.
2. To broaden the experience to interaction in an tropical environment of veterinary medical students from the United States: by encouraging their schools to have students satisfy part of their internship requirements at ARCAS in Guatemala.
3. To strive for the conservation, preservation, protection and research of wildlife.
4. To rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce into their natural habitat wild animals seized from illegal traffickers.
5. To promote and assist in the creation and management of protected habitat areas for wild animals.
6. To support tropical wildlife veterinary medicine and research.
7. To raise awareness among Guatemalans and visiting tourists about the need to conserve natural resources through a program of education and information dissemination.
8. To develop and promote economic alternatives in rural communities to the unsustainable consumption of natural resources.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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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.

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.

Financials

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Arcas Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association Ltd

Board of directors
as of 4/9/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Miriam Monterroso

ARCAS

Term: 2019 - 2021

Amy Gotliffe

Conservation Society of California - Oakland Zoo

Cindy Johnson

Johnson Legal Group

Miriam Monterroso

ARCAS Guatemala

Alvaro Samayoa

INAB

Rodrigo Roesch

Research Scientist

Jamie Monterroso

Independent consultant

Candice O'Brian

Independent consultant

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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