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40 Peaks in 40 Nights:
A Journey of Species Discovery in Forests
on the Brink of Vanishing Forever

Dear ~first_name~,

RAEI is embarking on an ambitious new journey of discovery to the cloud forests of western Ecuador to discover new species and understand patterns of extinction in these disappearing ecosystems.

We need your help to explore 40 mountaintop ecological communities that are under siege from habitat destruction, disease, and global warming. Our unique, 40-night survey will span dozens of miles of transects and record hundreds, if not thousands, of animals.

Our limited work on some of these mountaintops has revealed at least 10, and as many as 20 new species of frog! There is a lot more to find.

And even more importantly, we need to find out what is happening to the rare biodiversity of these fragile ecosystems. We need to do the ground work to see why populations are dissapearing, so that we can take affermative steps to save them and their habitats before entire species vanish forever.

The images of frogs you are looking at are just of few of the potential new species found in our preliminary work at the 40 Peaks sites. Will you help us find more and save them from extinction?

Your generous tax-deductable donation will give us the means necessary to undertake this ambitious goal. Visit our website to find out exactly where your donation will go.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to count on you to carry out our important work.

With my deep thanks,

Paul S. Hamilton, PhD
Executive Director, RAEI

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PPS -- Stay tuned to find out how you can participate in the 40 Nights expedition!

Opportunities with RAEI:

Photography Workshops
•Research in Ecuador
•Educational Outreach


eyelash viper

This eyelash viper (Bothriechis schlegdelli) is one of the amazing species found in our cloud forest study sites. This one was found at the top of Cerro Pata de Pajaro ("Bird-leg Range") in coastal Ecuador. This forest is being cut down for cattle pasture a little more every year. But, with your help, we can get the word out about what is happening and do something about it.