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Monteverde Spotlight: Fabio Araya

For those of us living in the U.S., it can be easy to feel disconnected from the rainforest. Over the years, we’ve discussed at length the importance of the guards who work tirelessly to keep the rainforest safe. But without an understanding of what their work looks like it can be hard to understand just how integral the guards are to the conservation of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest.

So this time around, don’t hear it from us!

Meet Fabio Araya, the Pocosol Station Manager, in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest who has been kind enough to share with us his experiences working on the ground to keep the Rainforest safe.

“My regular day at the Pocosol Biological Station starts very early with a cup of coffee and some bird watching. Then I start preparing breakfast for the guests, which could be from 2 people up to 35 people. I really enjoy Biology students and professors at the station, they ask so many questions so it’s fun for me and I get to learn a lot from them. I also prepare a Coffee break in the afternoon for everybody and usually before dinner I do a 45-minute talk in the classroom about the bats of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest and their importance for the ecosystem; seed dispersal by the fruit bats, insect control, and pollination by humming-bats. After dinner, we go on a night hike searching for frogs, snakes, lizards, and nocturnal animals. At night the forest is very active so I like night hikes!

"I enjoy working for a company that is committed to education, protection, and research of the tropical rainforest. My coolest experience was being able to see and photograph one of the most bizarre fruit bats in the world, the wrinkle face bat. That was stunning indeed. I wish people could be more understanding and thoughtful about the importance of the 23,000 hectares under the protection of MCL for its unique species of wildlife and plants.”

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