Sharks and Parks! Blue Drinks with Stephanie Wester from the Rainforest Trust

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Join us on June 16th at 6 pm mountain time for a Blue Drinks event with Stephanie Wester from Rainforest Trust. She will tell us about establishing the first shark sanctuary in Costa Rica and current work to expand the Corcovado National Park!

In 1988, three visionary conservationists had a bold plan: to purchase and protect threatened rainforests and save endangered wildlife through community engagement and local partnerships. Their vision became Rainforest Trust. Rainforest Trust has already helped protect over 33 million acres worldwide and has millions of acres in the pipeline, working toward the security of 50 million acres.

Stephanie’s love for the ocean began at a very early age. By the time she was 14, she was Scuba certified. For the last 4 years, Stephanie has been working for Rainforest Trust, where she manages projects to create protected areas all over the world. Two of her projects perfectly align with her love of marine life. One of her projects supported the establishment of the first shark sanctuary in Costa Rica. The project was a partnership with Costa Rican NGO Mision Tiburon to establish a Marine Protected Area in Golfo Dulce, a nursery for endangered Scalloped Hammerheads. Currently, she is working with Osa Conservation to expand Corcovado National Park to include over 4 million acres of marine habitat.
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