This past reporting period has been a bit quiet given the holidays at the end of the year. But we have made progress on lining up the Municipality of Aguirre and incorporating Manuel Antonio National Park into the proposal. The Path of the Tapir local council also continues to gather steam and is expected to be the entity that submits the Biosphere Reserve proposal to UNESCO.
Recently, one of the founders of Rafiki Safari Lodge (http://www.rafikisafari.com/ ) in the Savegre Watershed, Lautjie Boshoff, joined the ASANA Board. Rafiki is a wilderness luxury tent camp and conservation project focusing on adventurous sustainable tourism. It is one of Costa Rica’s premier truly “eco” ecotourism businesses… (Rafiki will soon be certified by ASANA and the Path of the Tapir local council for meeting extremely high biodiversity conservation standards.) Rafiki is nestled on 842 acres of pristine rain forest – all bought by the Boshoff family with conservation in mind – along the Savegre River, 30 km south of Quepos and Manuel Antonio. In addition to establishing and running Rafiki Lodge for many years, Lautjie is a Wildlife Biologist by training, with a specialty in wildlife reintroductions. We anticipate that we will be working closely with Lautjie and the Costa Rican government to analyze the feasibility and utility of reintroducing key species in the Savegre Watershed and Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor, including our flagship species, Baird's Tapir. The membership of ASANA could not be happier with Lautjie’s participation in the ASANA Board.
As always, I want to express my appreciation for your continued support of ASANA, the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor, and the Savegre River Watershed.
From all of us at ASANA, we wish you a very happy 2014!
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