In time for the holiday season, Rainforest Trust is hosting the largest ever public auction of species naming rights. Holiday shoppers will be able to buy the gift of naming one of 12 new species recently discovered in nature reserves the Trust and its partners established in South America. These new-to-science species include a blue-eyed yellow frog, speckled red and green frogs, orchids, a trap jaw ant, a forest mouse, a worm-like caecilian, and a big-eyed red salamander. All proceeds directly protect the habitat of the specific plant or critter, helping save them from extinction.
The auction takes place primarily online and by phone. Pre-bidding starts November 8 online, and goes until December 8, 2018. The live auction takes place in Washington, DC during a private event on December 8 at 8pm ET as well as online and by phone for pre-registered bidders. The Freeman’s Auction House will be conducting the auction with support from Invaluable, an auction aggregator. Both are donating their services. Interested shoppers should visit https://auctions.freemansauction.com/auction-catalog/1618B to learn more and to pre-register for the auction. The minimum bid is $10,000.
Naming a species is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for people, companies, and nonprofits:
- Interested in conservation and abating climate change
- In search of a truly unique gift with direct impact
- Wanting to leave a legacy
Over half of the world’s rainforests have been destroyed, and almost 70,000 acres more are lost every day. Rainforests are among the most important natural resources. They mitigate climate change, are a source of scientific discovery, and support unique plants and animals that are essential to biodiversity and therefore a healthy planet.
Celebrating 30 years of conservation success, Rainforest Trust is a nonprofit that purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement. With the help of funders and partners, the Rainforest Trust has helped protect 28 million acres of rainforest since 1988. Auctioning the naming rights to the 12 newly discovered species will support the Trust’s work while protecting these fragile species and the nature reserves in which they live.
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