Preserving El Farallon Natl. Monument, Costa Rica

Jul 25, 2011

Song of the Jungle

Mantled Howler Monkey in forest cover
Mantled Howler Monkey in forest cover

The vision many people have of Costa Rica is that of tranquil beaches alongside massive areas of uninterrupted jungle. Although there are indeed many beautifully forested areas in the country, the fact is that cattle farming and development have destroyed much of the original forest cover. The preservation of existing forested areas is of utmost importance therefore, because it is from mature forests that both seed and seedlings are gathered for reforestation efforts. 

Still, the abundance of life in the Costa Rican forests never ceases to amaze me. As I write this update I’m listening to the percussive rhythm of cicadas accompanying the persistent two-toned song of the long-tailed manakin. A few moments ago a troop of howler monkeys added a base line to the melody. It’s the song of the jungle, a soothing reminder of the inter-relatedness of all life.

The forest of El Farallon, about fifteen miles from where I sit at La Reserva, hosts its own chorus of diverse species. These animals, birds, and insects are dependent upon the existence of this forest for their survival just as we are dependent upon you, our donors, to help us in its preservation. Please donate today and help us preserve the forested acreage of El Farallon and the melody of life within it.

Fruit of the Stilt Palm on forest floor
Fruit of the Stilt Palm on forest floor



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La Reserva Forest Foundation

Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Roberta Ward Smiley

Project Leader
Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica

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