EU Aid Volunteers | Alliance for Solidarity | Sensing Colombia's biodiversity in the Nambi reserve

EU Aid Volunteers | Alliance for Solidarity | Sensing Colombia's biodiversity in the Nambi reserve

EU Aid Volunteers | Alliance for Solidarity | Sensing Colombia's biodiversity in the Nambi reserve

A hike through the Natural Reserve Rio Ñambí in southwestern Colombia is an experience for all senses: you can see the incredible colorful flora and fauna, listen to the singing of the birds, feel the fresh, wet air of the trees and plants and their fruits (of cause, the eatable ones) until you reach the cabin of the reserve situated in the midst of a primary forests. During the day you can refresh yourself in the incredible clean water of the Ñambi river and at night you can observe the nocturnal plants and animals, such as the fluorescent fungus.

Colombia is one of the most bio diverse countries in the world and the Ñambi reserve presents an extraordinary

biodiversity of plant and animal species, many of which are at risk of extinction. It is worldwide one of the regions with most endemic species and several scientifically classified species of flora and fauna have been discovered here during the last years. The area is especially known for the large number of bird species. Out of the about 9,600 species existing in the world today, you can find more than 1,800 in Colombia, out of which 354 live in the Ñambi reserve. The area also counts with the most diverse and complex community of hummingbirds on earth (31 species). Besides, you can also find a large variety of butterflies and larger animals such as the ocelot, the jaguar and the anteater. clean water of the Ñambi river and at night you can observe the nocturnal plants and animals, such as the fluorescent fungus.

Many indigenous and farmer people of the region have been involved in the project in different ways. They have been trained guides, are working in the house, cultivate the food cooked in the house or produce craftworks or other products sold to the eco tourists. Upcoming projects include environmental education workshops with children of the area, trainings with farmers on how to use the soil in a sustainable and productive way, the installation of solar cells on the house and the construction of another eco house - a day trip away from the main road. The projects are financed by the entrance fees, the selling of t-shirts and other products, donations as well as punctually by international support. However, the internal Colombian conflict also impacts the work of the foundation: The often tense situation in the region keeps tourists away and in some areas deforestation has increased with the negative consequences that it implies.

In summary, spending A very good day out. I would highly recommend this tour. Thus, we learned that hummingbirds only see bright colors and that therefore the fruits they eat are usually bright red. If not, the leaves of the trees have some bright red part to attract the hummingbirds, which, once there are close, smell the fruits (see photo above). We have learned that there is a tree (the chonta ​​em>, for the indigenous population Awa a holy tree), which moves during their lifetime up to 80 cm. This is due to its roots, which are external and grow from above according to where they'find' the best position in its surrounding (see photo). But especially striking is the incredible amount of birds, insects and reptiles are colorful, we could have never imagined before - but see yourself:

Jorge and Katharina

And if you want to learn more: http://www.felca-colombia.org/htm/rnrniambi.htm

A route through the Ñambí River Nature Reserve in the southwest of Colombia is an experience for all the senses: you can see the amazing and colorful flora and fauna, listen to the songs of the birds, feel the cool and humid air of the plants and trees and taste their fruits (provided they are clear edible), until you reach the reserve hut located in the middle of a primary forest. During the day, you can refresh yourself in the clear waters of the Ñambí river and at night you can see nocturnal plants and animals, as well as fluorescent fungi.

Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and Reserva de Ñambí presents an extraordinary biodiversity of animal and plant species, many of which are in danger of extinction. It is one of the regions of the world with more endemic species, which is demonstrated by the fact that several species that were not yet known or classified by science, were discovered over the last few years here. The reserve is especially known for the large number of bird species. Of the 9,600 species that exist today in the world, there are 1,800 in Colombia and among them 354 in the Reserva del río Ñambí. The area also has the most complex and diverse community of hummingbirds on Earth (31 species). In addition, you can find a large number of insects (including butterflies) and large animals such as the spectacled bear, the tiger and the jaguar.

In short, spending a day and a night in the Reserve is an intense and very instructive experience (especially thanks to our guide). Thus, we learned among other things, that hummingbirds only see bright colors, so the flowers they feed are usually bright red. If not, the leaves of the trees have a deep red color to attract the hummingbirds and once they are close they can smell the presence of the flower from which they will feed and to which they will pollinate. We also learned that there is a tree (the chonta, a sacred tree for the Awa natives), which travel throughout their lives up to 80 cm. This is because its roots, which are external, grow alternately depending on what is the best position in the near space in which it is. But especially amazing is the incredible amount of birds, insects and reptiles as colorful as we would have ever imagined - but look at it and see for yourself.

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