The forests of Central America are some of the most species diverse forests in the world. Cusuco National Park in Honduras is no exception. The park is home to several species of amphibian and reptile found nowhere else on earth, and is one of the last remaining habitats of the critically endangered Bairds Tapir. In the 2013 Science review Cusuco was ranked the 48th most irreplaceable protected area in the world. All the more worrying then that it is under increasing pressure from deforestation and hunting.
Operation Wallacea have been monitoring the park’s biodiversity since 2004 in an effort to protect the park and the species within it. They are currently working to raise funding through the REDD+ scheme and Natural Forest Standards, which should release enough capital to finally and effectively protect the Park. I joined their teams in Cusuco for 2 weeks to record their activities and some of the wildlife that they are striving to protect.
Here is the film that goes with all these photos, thanks to all the scientists and students who made this possible.
A longer version of this film is privately available on request