In 2012, the recipient of Rainforest Biodiversity Group’s small grant was Osa Conservation and their project titled Osa Peninsula Sea Turtle Hatchery. The goal of the project was to create and manage a sea turtle hatchery to increase the conservation success of Olive Ridley and Pacific Green sea turtles nesting in the Osa Peninsula. This project served as an educational resource for teaching local kids about sea turtle conservation and provided a waystation and staging area for volunteers and staff conducting night patrols.Click here to read more.
In 2013 the Planet Drum Foundation was chosen by RBG to support their efforts to restore dry tropical forest in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador. With funds provided by Rainforest Biodiversity Group, Planet Drum expanded its production of native trees so that within ten years they will have produced and assisted in the planting of over 200,000 native trees re-vegetating an area of well over 600 hectares! Click here to read more.
In 2014, the organization Fundación Conservación, Naturaleza y Vida (CONAVI) was selected by Rainforest Biodiversity Group to receive a $2,000 small grant for its project Shielding from extinction the Pigmy Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) of Escudo de Veraguas Island. With only a small population confined to small Escudo de Veraguas island off the coast of Panama, the pygmy three-toed sloth is the most endangered of all anteaters, sloths and armadillos. It is listed as Critically Endangered by IUCN and its habitat is confined to the red mangrove forest that surrounds this 533-hectare island.