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Date: Thu,  2 Jun 2005 10:53:05 -0700
From: World Wildlife Fund <>
To: Alan Sondheim <>
Subject: WWF: The Amazon Needs Your Help Today!

The Amazing Amazon...

Dear Alan,
The Amazon is recognized as having the greatest biological
diversity in the world. With an area of more than 1.5 million
square miles, the incredible variation of species in these
forests accounts for more than one-third of all the species on

WWF needs your help to protect this fabulous forest!

But despite its status as one of the most important regions in
global environment, the natural heritage of the Amazon is
extremely threatened. From August 2003 - August 2004,
devestating deforestation practices -- like rampant illegal
logging and clearing for cropland -- claimed over 10,000 square
miles of the Brazilian Amazon. Unfortunately, this is a sharp
increase from the 1990's when deforestation rates were already
at an alarming 7,000 square miles each year. A continuing trend
like this spells disaster for not only for the region's plants
and animals, but also for its climate, which depends in large
part on evapo-transpiration from its large expanse of forest.

WWF Pledges to Protect the Amazon:
In 2002, WWF together with partners launched the largest, most
ambitious effort ever made to safeguard tropical forests, the
Amazon Region Protected Area (ARPA). This project creates a
system of about 80 reserves and parks, preserving intact an area
of the Amazon roughly the size of California! This intiative is
considered by many to be the most significant progress to date
in protecting the Amazon. And just two weeks ago, WWF
contributed $3.3 million to secure the long-term financial
sustainability for this vast system of parks.


WWF has pledged its support to help protect the Amazon for years
to come. Please help us with YOUR pledge of support for the
Amazon today. We need your help in order to ensure the long-term
preservation of the Amazon.

Did You Know...
  --The Amazon River basin is the largest river basin in the
world. It covers about 2.3 million square miles and discharges
around 40,000 gallons of water into the Atlantic ocean every

  --The Amazon is home to more than one third of all the species
that live on Earth.

  --The biggest fresh water fish in the world is found in the
Amazon. The pirarucu can weigh 550 pounds, measuring up to 8
feet in length.

When you pledge your support of $50 or more to help WWF protect
the Amazon, we'll ship you a free limited-edition GUND´┐Ż Frog
Puppet. In no way does this free gift express how much we
appreciate your support to help protect the Amazon, but we hope
you enjoy it as a symbolic gesture of your dedication to protect
this important ecoregion.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Mark Pilipczuk
Vice President, Membership

P.S. Don't forget - donate $50 today and we will send you this
limited-edition frog puppet as a FREE gift to you for your
generous support for the Amazon.

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