Your tax deductible donation will help protect the northernmost tropical rain forest in the
Americas, and contribute to environmental awareness worldwide.
NATURE
PROTECT HER - FOR THE CHILDREN
DEFENSORES DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE DE LOS TUXTLAS, A. C.

                                                                                                    ecological activism
LOS TUXTLAS
Just as countries and people have become more interdependent in our
complex, modern world, so are ecosystems interdependent. We cannot
ignore one, however small, without having a negative effect on the others
- worldwide.
"Nature is the
art of God."
Sir Thomas Brown
(1608 - 1682)

We are those who
destroy his works.

We are those who
must save them.

    Hi, and welcome! My name is Jessie. I am president and one of the founders
    of DEMATAC, and I would like to be your guide on a brief trip to a magical
    place known as "Los Tuxtlas". I would also like your permission to
    introduce you to our association and it's objectives, and to explain to you
    how you can support us in the preservation of the environment and the
    future of this enchanting and unique region.

    Okay . . . Shall we go?

       

LOS TUXTLAS, VERACRUZ, MEXICO


The name "Los Tuxtlas" derives from the náhuatl (Aztec language) word "toxtli" (rabbit). The
region, located in the southeast of the state of Veracruz, is a succession of mountains of volcanic
origin, and represents the
northernmost tropical rain forest in the Americas. In this area
live and grow:















    Embraced by nature's beauty and richness, the land of Los Tuxtlas is a place of
    mountains and rivers, of hidden lagoons and waterfalls, of stone carved Olmec heads,
    and of witches and spirits; where the calm of the day can be shattered by the fierce
    majesty of a tropical tempest. It is a region of great economic potential, for it's
    inhabitants and for Mexico, through tourism and the development of  eco-tourism. Los
    Tuxtlas is a place of great natural beauty, of harmony and tranquility - and it is a
    region in grave danger.

    The fragile ecosystem of Los Tuxtlas is in a state of crisis. In recent years the level of
    deforestation has risen to alarming heights due to the cut and burn method of clearing
    land for agriculture and livestock, and to indiscriminate strip mining. It is estimated
    that only 7% to 10% of the original woodlands remain. Rivers and lagoons are
    contaminated. Lake Catemaco, "the jewel of Los Tuxtlas", is extremely contaminated.
    Many of the highways, rural roads, and beaches have become virtual garbage dumps.
    Wildlife is threatened, and some species are in danger of extinction. Environmental laws
    are ignored and the government fails to enforce them. We cannot continue on this
    path to ecological disaster.  We are harming nature, and as a consequence, harming
    tourism, local fishing, the health of the area and of the inhabitants. We are damaging
    the very quality of life in Los Tuxtlas, and severely limiting her future.

I reach out to each and every one of you, and I implore you to help me, to help DEMATAC, find
viable solutions to prevent the environmental deterioration of this very special, very important
region; and to give us your support in our fight against the apathy and bureaucracy that  
increases and prolongs the problem.

Thank you for your kind attention and I look forward to
hearing from you.

Lic. Jessica Hitandegüi Swanson Santiago

To all of you who have helped us, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

ALL DONATIONS TO DEMATAC ARE USED FOR THE PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES OF
DEMATAC.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ACTIVE MEMBERS SERVE VOLUNTARILY &
WITHOUT PAY
". . . the
northernmost
tropical rain
forest in the
Americas"
  • 3,356 plant species (at least 730 have some use, more than 300 have medicinal properties & close to 200
    are used as food)
  • 26 of the 41 arboreal species endemic to Mexico
  • 139 species of  mammals (30% of the total found in Mexico)
  • 565 species of birds
  • 220 species of migratory birds from North America
  • 120 species of reptiles
  • 46   species of amphibians
  • 861 species of butterflies
  • 80   species of fresh water fish
  • 437 species of salt water fish
  • . . . and much more
known as the
world capital for