The Black Jaguar Foundation
The Black Jaguar Foundation (BJF) is committed to planting indigenous trees (around 40 different species) in the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. This corridor covers 10.4 million hectares, that is the size of Iceland! The corridor crosses two extremely important ecosystems: The Amazon Rainforest and Cerrado Savanna.
Why we support the Black Jaguar Foundation
The Cerrado Savanna is less known than the Amazon. Yet it is a vital ecosystem covering 20% of Brazil’s territory. It is considered the richest savanna in the world in terms of biodiversity. Together, the Amazon and the Cerrado Savanna are responsible for:
- 20% of the planet’s oxygen.
- 30% of all the planet’s freshwater.
- 25% of all modern medication - plant species used in medication.
- Important rain cycles in South America that allow crops like soy, sugar and coffee.
The story behind the BJF
Ben Valk had a dream: see the black jaguar in its natural habitat in Brazil. He spent months in the Amazon, but never encountered the majestic big cat. Instead he encountered the vast deforestation of the Amazon. He asked himself: “Ben, what are you going to do to help conserve the planet?”
The BJF works with local landowners
Together with local landowners, forest engineers and environmental specialists the land is resorted in accordance with the Brazilian Forest Code. This ensures landowners preserve a certain area of their land. The BJF is also building nurseries to grow seedlings that were collected in the area together with the local community.