UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute receives $1 million from Bob and Cindy Taylor

Master guitar maker, Bob Taylor, co-founder of Taylor Guitars crossed paths in the mid-2010s with UCLA professor Thomas Smith, the founder and co-director of the Congo Basin institute, who has conducted biodiversity and conservation research in the region for nearly four decades. Since then, Bob and his wife, Cindy Taylor, have donated more than $1.3 million to support the institute’s progress on several fronts, including studies of the ecology of ebony, a massive community-driven replanting program, and a new strategy for community-based rainforest restoration in the Congo Basin. With their continued support of environmental sustainability, they have now recently donated $1.05 million to support UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute and its ebony conservation research and restoration efforts in Cameroon.

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