Dances with jaguars
Los Colorados is a tiny, paradisiacal conservation area alive with small mammals, birds, and rare monkeys such as the critically endangered cotton-top tamarin. The biggest problem facing the national park is that it is squeezed between a highway, agricultural areas and the city of San Juan Nepomuceno. More than 400 people have settled inside the park's boundaries, adding environmental stress to the area. But simply kicking people out of the park without giving them alternatives is not an option for those who work there. Preferring a more gentle approach, they are teaching teenagers the importance of plants and animals - and about their Malibú ancestors, who lived in harmony with their surroundings. They also celebrate nature at the annual Jaguar Festival, where young people dress up as jaguars, perform dances and plays. The hope is that this will raise awareness in a fun way that helps solve the conflict between humans and wildlife.
A film by Ruth Krause
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