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For Immediate Release, March 25, 2010

Contact: Peter Galvin, Center for Biological Diversity, (707) 986-2600

Free Endangered Species Ringtones Site Now Available in Spanish

TUCSON, Ariz.— Calling all cell-phone users who speak Spanish and love wildlife: The Center for Biological Diversity has just launched an all-Spanish Web site where you can personalize your ringtones with the mesmerizing calls of the jaguar, coquí guajón, Mexican gray wolf, harpy eagle, Mexican spotted owl, and 26 other endangered wildlife species: www.LlamadasSalvajes.org. The site offers endangered species cell-phone wallpaper, too — and it’s all absolutely free.

In 2006, nonprofit endangered species organization the Center for Biological Diversity created a free Web site (in English) offering ringtones of the croaks, chirps, and songs of dozens of rare and endangered animals from around the world. Now, ringtones offered on that site —  www.RareEarthtones.org — have reached almost 100, and downloads have surpassed 375,000 all over the world, with top downloading countries including the United States, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands, and Spain. The Center is celebrating by making the site available in Spanish, highlighting the most popular ringtones and many Latin American species. The new Web site includes instructions in Spanish for easily downloading ringtones, as well cell-phone wallpaper featuring photos of endangered species.

Said the Center’s International Program Director Peter Galvin: “Our free ringtones have jumpstarted conversations about saving endangered animals for four years, and now it’s time to start that conversation in Spanish so it can win over even more wildlife fans to speak up for their protection.”

The Center’s free ringtones allow cell phones to come alive with the haunting hoots of rare owls, the sensational songs of tropical birds, the crazy croaks of imperiled amphibians, and the underwater orchestras of orcas and beluga whales. The free Web sites allow users to listen to the wildlife ringtones, send ringtones directly to their phones with one easy click after entering an e-mail address, and download photos and fact sheets for each of the featured species. Users of both the English and Spanish Web sites can also take action to help save the Okinawa dugong from destruction in Japan, with just one click of the mouse.

The Center for Biological Diversity works directly to protect many of the species for which it offers ringtones, including the Mexican gray wolf (Mexico and U.S. Southwest), coquí guajón (Puerto Rico), cactus ferruginous pygmy owl (Mexico and U.S. Southwest), and many others.

To read this press release in Spanish, click here.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 255,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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