Last month we spent two weeks with our Awajún partnership. Narcisa Sebastian Suanco, her three daughters and her son in law took us on a tour of their gardens. We discovered that the Awajún work even more effectively with the forest than we had imagined. Their gardens consist of half yucca and cacao and the other half is left wild to collect the fruits, seeds, and leaves from the forest. Keeping gardens wild also makes them the perfect home for forest wildlife.
We were thrilled to see ocelot paw prints in the gardens. The presence of big cats is a sure sign that the forest is healthy and full of biodiversity, as these predators need lots of smaller animals to survive. We’re hoping that the camera traps installed by the community association to monitor their forest will capture some ocelot footage.