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Cerro Chucantí is an isolated massif in eastern Panama that rises from sea level to 1439 meters in elevation and sustains a diverse cloudforest as well as other tropical forest ecosystems. The geographic isolation of the Cerro Chucantí mountaintop has allowed its fauna and flora to differentiate considerably, such that it contains a number of locally endemic rainforest species and subspecies found nowhere else on Earth.
The rainforests of Cerro Chucantí maintain populations of endangered wildlife such as the Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguous) and Baird´s Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) as well as vulnerable species such as the Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja), Great Curassow (Crax rubra), and Puma (Puma concolor) whose populations are extremely vulnerable to habitat loss, fragmentation, and overhunting.

[English below] Actualmente vamos subiendo a nuestra Reserva de Chucantí con investigadores de INDICASAT y STRI y botánicos de la Universidad de Panamá.

Curretly we are heading to our Chucanti Reserve with researchers from INDICASAT and STRI, and bothanists from Panama University.
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[ENGLISH Below] Hoy llegó a la Estación Biológica Chucantí el joven botánico Zarluis Mijango quien está culminando sus estudios de Licenciatura en Biología con orientación en Biología Vegetal de la Universidad de Panamá y está haciendo su tesis con el apoyo de ADOPTA. Se trata de un estudio de riqueza y diversidad vegetal a dos alturas distintas dentro de la Reserva Chucantí, una parcela de estudio a 800 metros de altura y la otra en el bosque nuboso a 1300 msnm.

Today, young botanist, Zarluis Mijango, arrived at the Chucanti Biological Station. He is finishing his undergraduate studies in Biology with orientation in Plant Biology at the University of Panama. He is working on his thesis with ADOPTA's support, by conducting plant richness and diversity studies at two different elevations within the Chucanti Reserve; one study plot is at
800 meters (2,625ft) in elevation and the other up in the cloudforest at 1,300 masl (4,265ft).
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After visiting Cerro Chucanti, German Volunteer Sebastian Vetter prepared a nice video about his adventure and inviting people to contribute to the Conservation of this Magical Place !

Después de visitar Cerro Chucanti, el voluntario alemán Sebastian Vetter preparó un excelente video acerca de su aventura e invitando a que más personas apoyen la conservación de este Mágico lugar !
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[Español abajo] Today on Biodiversity Day, we should stress the importance of protecting and studying unique and isolated rainforests like those at Cerro Chucanti which harbor endemic species, not found anywhere else on Earth. That is the case of this Chucanti Salamander (Bolitoglossa chucantiensis)
previously Unknown to Science, until Abel Batista and Konrad Mebert discovered it. This Endemism Hot Spot still harbors many more species of flora and fauna yet to be discovered.
Help us conserve this Jewel of Biodiversity called Chucanti !

En el Día de la Biodiversidad, debemos resaltar la importancia de proteger y estudiar los bosques únicos y aislados como los de Cerro Chucantí, los cuales albergan muchas especies endémicas, que no se encuentran en ningún otro sitio del Planeta. Éste es el caso de la Salamandra de Chucanti (Bolitoglossa chucantiensis) anteriormente desconocida para la Ciencia, hasta que Abel Batista y Konrad Mebert la descubrieron. Este Centro de Endemismo todavía alberga muchas otras especies de flora y fauna aún por descubrir. Ayúdanos a conservar esta Joya de Biodiversidad llamada Chucanti!
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This week, celebrating the International Biodiversity Day, ADOPTA's Guido Berguido, Ovidio Jaramillo, and Sebastian Vetter visited two Panamanian schools: Instituto Panamericano & The Oxford School. Nearly 200 students learned about Panama's Biodiversity and ADOPTA's efforts to conserve Cerro Chucanti.

En conmemoración del Día Internacional de la Biodiversidad, esta semana Guido Berguido, Ovidio Jaramillo y Sebastian Vetter visitaron dos colegios: el Instituto Panamericano y The Oxford School. Cerca de 200 estudiantes aprendieron sobre la Biodiversidad de Panamá y sobre los esfuerzos de Conservación de ADOPTA en Chucantí.
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One Comment

  1. Hey Guido and friends!
    Thanks so much for coming to talk with us in Michigan! It was nice to see you again.

    I had a few tips for your website and facebook page that i thought might be useful.
    You should put some photos of the conservation station and a map of how much land you have conserved would be great.
    Where is your amazing story of how you got the land? It is great and people will love it and want to donate because of it.
    Finally, how do we donate money?

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