Rainforest Trust was founded in 1988 to purchase and protect the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through local partnerships and community engagement. Through these highly effective partnerships, they strive to ensure sustainable results necessary for the long-term protection of tropical ecosystems and the wildlife they hold. Their unique, cost-effective conservation model for protecting endangered species has been implemented successfully for over 30 years. Establishing new protected areas is a complex and challenging process, unique to each and every site. Recognizing these challenges, Rainforest Trust empowers local partners and researchers to explore how to implement protected areas.