Between Mexico and Panama lies an international land bridge known as the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (MBC). The purpose of this land is to protect one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, creating a free passage for animals and plants to live and reproduce successfully. The MBC is home to many endangered species of flora and fauna including the Almendro, Cocobolo, Ceibo and Tempisque trees, as well as pumas, coati, howler and white faced monkey. Humans have forgotten that our existence is based on living organisms and one planet that is made out of energy. There are now many people fighting for the resources of our mother earth, her nature and all creatures. As the countries in this region have become more developed with hotels and large homes being built, this biological corridor was established to achieve and maintain an interconnected strip, protecting the biodiversity in the area at an international level. Thus, creating an extended area where environmental conservation and human progress go hand in hand. Delicias de Cobano is situated in the heart of this rich biological corridor. However, deforestation for construction and cattle grazing as significant income for farmers and other reasons is still happening in the area, gravely affecting the habitat of all local species. What is needed now, is a strong local and international effort to protect and defend this precious land and its magnificent wildlife.
The Green Macaws were abundantly living in the area over 20 years ago and because of the destruction of their habitat, through the cutting of Almendro trees, they quickly became extinct. The beautiful Green Macaw is a very unique and delicate bird. They are specific not only to the trees where they build their nests but, as well, the fruits they eat. The Macaw highly depends on the Almendro tree for nesting feeding and the fruit of the Fruta Dorada tree as one of the staples in their diet.
Many people began to hunt them for their feathers and beaks to sell to others but the principle cause of their extinction was the uncontrolled deforestation throughout this area and all parts of Costa Rica. Most of the large-scale deforestation was due to extensive clearing of the forests for cattle grazing. Then when foreigners came to Costa Rica and started to build homes they had a preference to build with the beautiful hard wood of the Almendros.
Years before, the local Costa Ricans had not built with Almendro because of their lack of fine tool for working with this wood. What remains now is such a small amount of Almendros that they have become endangered and illegal to cut down. However the demand for the wood is still there, sold at an incredibly high price and it is continually sought after. Protecting the Almendros and the entire habitat of such a resource-demanding species like the Green Macaw will benefit a multitude of other animals living in these lowland forests.
With this program I know I can achieve many large and small goals through the protection and reforestation of the plants and animals found on this land. With protection of the plants and trees, I am able to provide a safe home for all fauna still found in this jungle. Many of which are endangered and have started to disappear from the surrounding areas that have already been damaged. Thus making this land a safe-haven for these precious animals. With the protection and reforestation of Almendro tree and other fruit trees found on the property I could create an ideal home specifically for the Great Green Macaws. Through my work I will demonstrate an example to those in the community of the possibilities for animal and plant conservation. So we can continue to protect our jungles and all that live within, so important for the future of our earth. In order to achieve these goals I need assistance to buy the proposed land and set up the Macaw program, reforestation plans and fundraising opportunities. Once in progress this will be a self-sustaining program with the possibility of compensation of the initial investments. Only from help of those who share the same passion and the ability to lend a hand, this imperative program can get started and we together shall live the dream of Lobalu!