We offer two types of scientific research opportunities that
can provide you with two very different things: a unique experience
or a species of your own!
1. Sponsor an expedition - and then go on it.
approach to tax-deductible investment was developed more than two
decades ago by Earthwatch and the Center of Field Studies. TCA
offers it too, on a more personally tailored basis. There are
literally dozens of places we need to get to in the world in order
to conduct our biological field work. Some, like the Far Moluccas or
Typhoon islands, are truly remote, difficult, even dangerous places
to visit. Expeditions to them are real exploration - voyages of
discovery into the unknown. Others are places that are easy to reach
and that have lovely accommodations, fine food, and glorious
climates and scenery - like many islands in the West Indies, such as
Guana Island in the British Virgins, Dominica, and St. Vincent, or
special places in Asia like Bali and South China Sea islands like
Lantau, Shek Kwu Chau, and Nan Ao.
The point is that it is your choice! In consultation with our staff
biologists, you select a place where we need to do scientific
investigation of a rare species or a unique ecosystem. You choose based
on your interest and the sort of accommodations you want. Then, you make
the tax-deductible donation and off we go - on what for dozens of people
over the years has turned out to be the most memorable and wonderful
sojourn of their lives...
2. Sponsor a new species - and have it named for you.
We think this is a big notch up from a brass plaque. We have several
apparently new, nameless species of animals we have discovered over the
years. The scientifically tedious process of doing the comparative
research necessary to properly describe them and get their new names
published gets expensive. Most new species are named by scientists with
salaries on university or museum staffs as full-time employees. They
usually do not discover as many things as we do.
We have named, or have discovered and plan to name, a wonderful
assortment of little-known animals from wallabies and rabbits to flying
lizards and rattlesnakes. Some are cute and cuddly; some are huge and
awe-inspiring. Once again, it's your choice... or you can do both.
In many cases, we need funds to do more research on a potential new
species where it lives. New species are easiest to find in remote places
that are difficult to get to, of course, but that is not always the
case. Sometimes all that stops us from describing a new species is that
the place where it lives is unapproachable unless one can afford hotel
accommodations or a yacht charter.
Believe it or not there are still new, nameless species of animals in
places like the West Indies and Hawaii whose habitats are within minutes
of great hotels and restaurants. In the last few years, for example, we
have described a new rabbit from the Florida Keys and several new
lizards from the Lesser Antilles and Virgin Islands. We have what may
prove to be a new rabbit from Alabama, and a certain new species of
salamander from Mississippi. You might be able to sponsor a new species
expedition without even leaving home! (But that might not be as much fun
as St. Barts, or the Far Moluccas!)
If a unique experience or a species all your own sounds good to you,
please contact us. We know the places and the wildlife. We
just need your help to get the job done.