Mammal Corridor

14 April 2017


    

Mammal Corridor is the name of one particular activity that must be completed at least once a week with volunteers. This activity involves gathering fruits from overproducing trees in our garden and distributing them in designated forest areas for the animals. There are a total of four designated areas; two terrestrial and two arboreal sites. The ground sites are left with green bananas, plantains, and ripe orange papaya nicely sliced and placed by the volunteers. Terrestrial mammals such as peccaries and tapirs are our most frequent visitors based on both footprints and game camera footage. In attracting herbivorous mammals such as those previously listed, we also indirectly lure predatory mammals including jaguars, pumas, and other smaller felines.

These two sites are quite effective in attracting ground dwelling animals, but what about those who spend most if not all their time above ground? Since most have adapted to life in the trees, they seldom leave the comfort of the trees and vines unless its necessary. However, they risk being preyed upon by those animals having the greater advantage on the forest floor. As a result, we have constructed two tree platforms held by rope, allowing them to be raised and lowered to any desired level. The same kinds of fruits are left on the tree platforms as the ground sites, the only difference being the bananas and plantains being more yellow in color. Various monkey species make their appearance, although nonmammalian animals including toucans, aracaris, macaws, and numerous parrots dine on our sweet fruits. 

Why do we set out food for these animals? Aren’t they able to feed themselves? Yes. They are 100% capable of finding their own food without our help. Our purpose of leaving out food is to coax them onto Panthera’s property. Outside our borders lie individuals who kill all kinds of wildlife for their meat, skin or feathers, offspring to be sold in the illegal pet trade, for sport, or simply out of fear. More animals who choose to forage on our terrain not only ensures them a place free of poaching, but a greater chance for our volunteers to spot wildlife as well.


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