The efforts of park rangers in the San Martín region of Colombia have proven to be fruitful, despite its wild and lawless nature in the past. Their hard work has even earned them an invitation to participate in the annual cuadrillas celebration parade, a long-awaited acknowledgment of the park’s official presence.
During their monitor missions on motorbikes across Manacacías, the rangers documented crucial wildlife encounters. Gustavo Castro, one of the rangers, had a unique encounter with a supposedly extinct bush dog, which he managed to capture footage and images of.
Dr. Walschburger found the bush dog sighting thrilling, as it hinted at a thriving wildlife passage between Manacacías and the Amazon basin. This could potentially bolster the argument for better protection of the wildlife corridor.
The new rangers have also successfully mastered navigation of the vast and monotonous llanos, capturing photos of various wildlife and stunning sunsets in the process. Ranger Oscar Rey, who grew up in the area, observed imprints of various animals and noted the upcoming nesting season for freshwater turtles.
The work of the park rangers in San Martín is crucial for the conservation of the region’s diverse wildlife and ecosystems, and their efforts are already yielding positive results.