The majority of the forests that NAFF and San Isidro protect are nothing less than a living laboratory, and one that we aim to make a legacy that the locals will want to embrace and be proud of; ideally, it is NAFF’s hope that similar spin-off projects flourish, and help create a model for future endeavors, both on a country level, and internationally.
Hunting was once a common practice in the area, but thanks to government laws that prohibit this activity, gunshots are no longer heard. Seeing mammals is now a real possibility, but they are shy and, of course, unpredictable. Another of the projects with Biocomercio and GIZ was to station motion sensor cameras along the trails to monitor animals that are otherwise almost impossible to detect, and we have been making some amazing finds. Some of the mammals that are seen with more regularity include night monkeys (that hop about right over the cabins on many evenings), black agoutis (that feed fearlessly around the gardens), and even mountain tapir, but our cameras have also revealed the regular occurrence of puma, oncilla, jaguarundi, giant anteater, and possibly jaguar. Knowing what is out there only adds to our ability to raise conservation awareness.