|The White Capuchin Monkey|
Here I am with my arms full of sand fly bites and two monkeys playing. The bottom monkey is the "mono titi" or the squirrel monkey. He is endangered unfortuneatly unlike his companion. They both wanted attention and were wrestling me for it.
Lots of monkey love! This little guy decided to eat banana and get it all over my shirt. No table manners at all:)
The Jungla Rescue and Rehab is 20 minutes away from downtown Boquete. There was a black monkey that was severely beaten by its former owner and is currently in the rehab area. There was a Tamarin monkey as well. He was a bit shy, but I did get a nice shot of him. Dorothy had several birds including a scarlet macaw. Of these two species, both are critically endangered in the wild habitat of Panama. Panama is certainly not Costa Rica in that it has decimated a lot of rain forest for agriculture. Different needs from different countries. I'll get into more of that later on. But you do need to think about this....Costa Rica's number one focus is tourism. Panama's is agriculture. Only now is Panama trying to attract more tourists to the country and protecting several large and unexplored areas of rain forest....which is a postive thing. The Tamarin monkey can still be found in the very dangerous and unexplored Darien Gap. We couldn't get there due to the heavy rains which flood most of this area during this time of year. The Scarlet Macaw has a large colony that is increasing on the sacred island of Coiba. I will be able to take you there.....all I can say is that it was magical. When you walk into primary forest, nothing in the world prepares you for the sights and sounds of unmapped jungle. We had a great time at Jungla and I'd like to thank Dorothy for the opportunity to get an up close and personal view of many amazing jungle critters. While we were there, several possums were being relocated to farms to help with the poisonous snake issues (because possums eat snake...and pretty much everything else:). They found the family of possums in a home and normally they would be killed, but Dorothy convinced the homeowners that they could be relocated....and they were. I created 4 videos that I will be presenting over the course of the next several weeks. Several video shots will include our visit to this very fun center.
|the Tamarin Monkey with my Canon.....I love my camera!|
Jungla Wildlife Rescue & RehabDorothy
A donation is asked at the door
More tomorrow friends....