The Los Angeles Zoo has joined forces with Paso Pacifico to support their jaguar conservation efforts and provide funding for 14 camera traps in the Paso del Istmo Biological Corridor on the western slope of Nicaragua. These motion-activated cameras were installed in strategic locations in the region, with the ultimate goal of documenting the presence of jaguars.
Funded by Linda Duttenhaver, the Los Angeles Zoo selected a handful of North Hollywood High School Zoo Magnet students and Los Angeles Zoo student volunteers and sent us to the Las Cruces Biological Station in Southern Costa Rica to help professors and graduate students from Northern Arizona University investigate the role that fruiting trees play in providing habitat for rainforest animals on Central American farmland.
As the whole team stepped into the hillside home of our guide, Roberto, none of us could have expected what came next.
In Costa Rica, we were able to experience an amazing trip to one of the most beautiful ecosystems in the world.
I could not believe that I had been selected by the Duttenhaver foundation to go to Costa Rica and do field research. Even though I was not too sure of what I would be doing, I could not contain my excitement!