GreenNoise was invited to participate this past tuesday in a conference held by host and property owner Fernando Madrigal along with conservational group “Gente y Fauna”, at Finca Sensoria, on the northern part of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano.
The conference gathered community leaders, local vets and biologists, forest rangers of the ACG (Area de Conservación Guanacaste) and tour guides that operate in the zone.
The conference explored the importance of educating local cattle farmers and landowners on how to deal with large feline attacks on their livestock and domestic animals.
The effort is a result of hard work and investigation by local scientists and biologists who have traced large felines in Costa Rica and in this specific zone, combined with the tragic death of a large female jaguar which was hunted down by affected farmers some weeks ago.
After setting various cameras along the National Park and bordering reserves, the investigators found important feline activity. Cameras recorded various Pumas or American mountain lions, as well as ocelots and a couple of jaguars (one of these appeared to be a pregnant female). Along with the felines the cameras also reported other endangered species such as Tapirs/Dantas, Collared Peccaries/Saino, Pacas/Tepezcuintle, Agoutis/Guatusas, amongst others.
Costa Rica’s wildlife is battling with growing urban zones and extending cattle farms, along with their human settlers. Conflicts appear due to lack of information on these wild animals, illegal hunting activities and excessive and uncontrolled tourism; as well as constant loopholes in the wildlife conservation laws that have been proposed by the Costa Rican Government.
Conclusions suggested changes in cattling activities, such as fencing properties to avoid stranded livestock in the mountains, livestock insurance in case of death by feline attacks, night illumination in corrals, and most important: education on the subject.
The last part of the conference was an opportunity for us at the GreenNoise team to present our project as a an educational tool for schools and tour operators, and also an informational guide of Costa Rica’s different forests and their magical sounds. GreenNoise is working hard to build a virtual platform that hails Costa Rica and it’s wildlife in a technological and interactive way.
GreenNoise appreciates this initiative and thanks Don Fernando and the crew at Finca Sensoria (Johnny, Pablo & Luis), and also the team that makes “Gente y Fauna” a great conservation, education and research entity.