Thursday, August 29, 2013

Monkey Bridges near Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

By Jason

1. About the Monkey Bridges
Monkey bridges are blue ropes so that monkeys don't have to walk across the road every time they have to cross. Before, monkeys were either using the power lines or walking across the road. Some monkeys were electrocuted and hit by cars.
2. How the Monkey Bridges Began
Two girls saved up money to buy land. Then they created monkey bridges so that monkeys could cross from one side of the road to another, but still some were getting electrocuted, but none were getting hit by cars.

They raised up the population by more than double the Titi monkeys. Ten years ago there were only 1,200, but since the monkey bridges began, there kept being more and more Titi monkeys. There are now 3,700.

The two girls made an organization called Kids Saving The Rainforest.

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Children's Eternal Rainforest

By Jamie

We're in Monteverde, Costa Rica!
We got here by:

  1. Taking a plane to Atlanta;
  2. Taking a plane to San Jose;
  3. Staying overnight in a hotel;
  4. Taking a 4-hour bus ride to Monteverde! 

In Monteverde, we went to the Children's Eternal Rainforest.
Facts and videos about this rainforest:

The Children's Eternal Rainforest has 60 species of amphibians, 101 species of reptiles, 425 species of birds, and 121 species of mammals that represent 50.5% of the total species of terrestrial vertebrates in Costa Rica.  Terrestrial vertebrates are animals that live on land that have backbones.

Here is a video report from Jamie about how the Children's Eternal Rainforest started.

(Note - in the video Jamie talks about kids from Sweden raising one million dollars.  This is what we were told by one of the people we interviewed.  We've since confirmed that the still amazing amount was actually $100,000)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jason on jaguars

Video of Jason talking about the last pair of jaguars in the rainforest here (Children's Eternal Rainforest in Monteverde, Costa Rica)