Act as long as we still can

During the last two decades the rain forest at the Pacific coast of southern Panama was almost completely turned into arable land and pasture. For the unique biological variety of the Pacific rain forest only very small areas were left. Farms and grassland surround scattered islands of the remaining forest, often just a few square meters in size. So there is little chance for the once rich variety to survive.

Wanderers in the Canopy

The mammal threatened most in the area is definitely the Central Squirrel monkey. While a survey from 1983 estimated a population of about 200.000 animals, today there may only be 2000 to 3500 individuals left with a tendency to a total extinct.
Since the animals never leave the canopies, they could not bridge even the smalest distances on the ground. That´s why the remaining population consists of numerous small groups that do not communicate with each other. There are only a few family communities that have contact with other groups. This kind of networking works best where small rows of trees along the rivers, the so-called gallery forests, still exist.

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