Although we actively support the health of Cerro Chucantí’s ecosystems, our most important partner is nature itself. Reducing environmental pressures allows healthy forests to regrow on their own.
Wildlife such as fruit-eating bats, for example, constantly disperse seeds from their food into new areas. As these seeds grow into mature trees, the new vegetation will continue to attract animals like birds, rodents, and insects that all support vital ecosystem processes. Eventually, it will be impossible to tell what sections of the forest are original and what sections grew out of cleared lands!
At Cerro Chucantí, we can tell that natural regeneration is working. Bat researchers, for example, have noted a particular abundance of Carollia and Artibeus species—both fruit eaters—which shows that seed disperser populations are both healthy and abundant. Other important wildlife species are still present in Chucantí’s core habitat as well, including otherwise rare species such as the black-handed spider monkey (Ateles _) and Panamanian Climbing Rat ().