I have helped save millions of rainforests acres, my name is Paul Salaman, AMA!
My name is Paul Salaman and I am CEO of Rainforest Trust. I became excited about wildlife conservation as a young boy, and by the age of 14 I was managing a nature reserve in London and travelling across England to birdwatch and volunteer in protected areas. As an undergraduate, I led a series of research expeditions across Colombia, spending a total of over three years in the field that culminated in the discovery of four bird species new to science and the creation of a new national park and over a dozen nature reserves. In 1998, I helped found Fundación ProAves, which has become one of the most effective conservation organizations in South America. After graduating with a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Oxford in 2001, I undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at The Natural History Museum, before coordinating biodiversity science in the Andes for Conservation International. I am a member of the Amphibian Survival Alliance’s Global Council and have been working at Rainforest Trust since 2008.
Rainforest Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization focused on saving rainforest and endangered species. Since its founding in 1988, Rainforest Trust has saved nearly 8 million acres of rainforests and other tropical habitats in 73 projects across 20 tropical countries. We work in partnership with local conservation leaders and indigenous communities to protect threatened habitat through land purchase and the establishment of publicly protected areas. Rainforest Trust is now working with Peruvian partner CEDIA on a massive project to protect 6 million acres of Amazon rainforest for only 50¢ an acre.. Ask me anything!
UPDATE: Thanks everyone for your questions and interest! It's been great connecting. I will be checking back during the next couple hours, so if any more questions arise don't hesitate to write. To learn more about Rainforest Trust and the work we do to save endangered wildlife, visit www.rainforesttrust.org.