terça-feira, 4 de setembro de 2012

'Não Deixe os Lobos Sem Abrigo/Don't Let our Wolves Become Homeless


Faltam somente 26 dias para terminar a campanha internacional de financiamento colectivo (crowdfunding) ''Não Deixe os Lobos Sem Abrigo/Don't Let our Wolves Become Homeless"' lançada pelo Grupo Lobo para aquisição dos terrenos onde o Centro de Recuperação do Lobo Ibérico (CRLI) tem estado localizado nos últimos 25 anos.
Apesar do trabalho desta instituição em prol da conservação do Lobo Ibérico ser amplamente reconhecido (recebeu diversos prémios nacionais e internacionais, como o prémio BES Biodiversidade e o Ford Motor Company Award), se não conseguir adquirir os 17 hectares de terreno onde está localizado o CRLI este será forçado a fechar as instalações, colocando em risco a continuidade de um trabalho de referência e os próprios lobos do Centro, conferindo dramatismo ao apelo desta organização.
Ainda que o total das contribuições realizadas até ao momento já tenha ultrapassado os 32.000 dólares (batendo o recorde de projectos portugueses apresentados em portais de crowdfunding), restam pouco mais de 3 semanas para se atingir os 250.000 dólares estabelecidos pelo Grupo Lobo como objectivo da campanha e que lhe permitirá cobrir a totalidade dos custos associados à necessária compra dos terrenos do CRLI, pelo que é urgente contribuir e divulgar a página da campanha.

Obrigado e agradecemos a mais ampla divulgação da campanha.
Rui Borralho - Naturlink
Don’t let our wolves become homeless” is a campaign to raise money to buy the 17-hectare site on which the Iberian Wolf Recovery Center (IWRC) has stood for the last 25 years. Today, the survival of the Center is at risk and depends entirely on the purchase of this land. If we don't reach the necessary target, we risk having to find another site to start all over again.
Your contribution is critical for the continuation of this project. By having your support we can provide rescued wolves with a safe and natural habitat and create a new future for this fascinating predator.
Grupo Lobo, the responsible for the IWRC, is an independent non-profit NGO founded in 1985. Grupo Lobo works to conserve the Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus) and its habitat in Portugal, where the wolf population has been declining for many decades. Grupo Lobo's mission is to provide accurate and updated information about the wolf, to contribute to the development of scientific studies about the species, to educate and to raise awareness among the general public of the importance of this predator and promote practical conservation measures that increase coexistence between man and wolf.
The work of Grupo Lobo has been recognized nationally and internationally by being awarded with several prizes such as:
  • 1987 – An honorable mention in the international competition The Rolex Awards for Enterprise, with the Signatus Project
  • 2001 – Joint 1st prize of the “Ford Motor Company Award” for Conservation and Environment
  • 2010 – 1st prize BES Biodiversity Award, with the project “Keep the wolf in Portugal - from theory to practice”
For further information please go to http://lobo.fc.ul.pt/UK

In 1987, Grupo Lobo created the Iberian Wolf Recovery Center (IWRC), aiming to provide a suitable environment for wolves that cannot live in the wild – giving wolves that have been rescued from inappropriate captivity, or are injured or disabled, a safe and secure sanctuary. The IWRC is located in central Portugal, in Picão (Mafra), about 30km from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.
Now 25 years old, the Iberian Wolf Recovery Center, has already received more than 100,000 visitors from around the world. The Center has a volunteer program for those, over the age of 18, interested in wildlife conservation. It also has an adoption program that enables people to adopt one or more wolves, helping to keep them in excellent conditions that mimic their environment in the wild.

What We Need & What You Get
Buying the site of the Iberian Wolf Recovery Center, to allow the wolves to have a permanent home, is of critical importance to Grupo Lobo. The IWRC is extremely important in terms of wolf conservation as it not only provides the rescued wolves with a safe home but also allows scientists and the general public to get to know this important predator in as near-to-natural conditions as possible.
We need your help to raise the funds - $250,000 – which are required to buy the land for the wolves. You can make the difference and be part of the pack that will save this endangered species!
Grupo Lobo urges you all to contribute towards the purchase of this important site. Any donation, however small, will helps us and can make a difference - together we can win this fight. We have a number of cool perks for you! Be part of our project and help us to save the wolves.
Our wolves count on your support!

The Impact
With your help we will continue our mission, making a decisive contribution to the conservation of the Iberian wolf, a unique subspecies and a noble and fascinating animal which is the focus of so many traditions, myths and fables throughout the world.
The wolves that find refuge here play an important role in raising awareness of the wolf’s plight and contribute to the conservation of the species, being true ambassadors of wolves in the wild. Every year, thousands of people have their first glimpse of a wolf in the Centre, and are made aware of the dangers that this species faces in the wild under the constant threat of extinction in Portugal.

Other Ways You Can Help
Even if you can't make a donation, you can still contribute to this cause and make the difference by spreading the word:
  • Please talk about this campaign with your family, friends, colleagues... everyone!
  • Tell them that every $5 will help the wolves have a home for life.
  • Share this in your personal mail, Facebook, Twitter...
  • Visit our website http://lobo.fc.ul.pt
  • Become a friend of Grupo Lobo at Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools!
Help us to spread the word and thank you so much for saving our wolves home!

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