Ella-Kate of X-Ray 4 has reported on Carara National Park and the valuable environmental conservation project they are undertaking:
Our work for this phase in Carara National Park is contributing to conservation efforts, improvement of the tourist experience, making life better for the rangers and helping to combat a huge problem in the park. Carara National Park is affected by the lack of a reliable water source, currently the water for all of the buildings in the park comes from 2 natural springs. These have served their purpose well but they are now drying up and are unreliable. Therefore we are pitting our community learnt pick-axe skills, their trek learnt trail planning skills and the enthusiasm of the explorers against the jungle.
A guided tour of the Park by Jared, only 1% of Carara Park is open to visitors, X-Ray 4 are incredibly privileged to be living in this protected part of Costa Rica
The aim is to build a trench so a new water pipe can be installed. Our team is bonding well even though our work was interrupted by a group of spider monkeys. Seeing these animals in their natural environment has really helped motivate us and remind us of our purpose here which is to conserve the environment.
Jared a Carara Ranger, thanked us for our work which is incredibly important for environmental conservation
Our work here has a great local impact, Jared one of the rangers has expressed that without Raleigh to build the trenches the already stretched resources would be pushed further as the rangers would have to dig it. If the park loses its water supply entirely it is likely it would close as tourists would no longer be able to visit due the lack of amenities, water is needed to drink, toilets wouldn’t work, volunteers wouldn’t be able to come either and rangers couldn’t live.
X-Ray 4 bonding
Our pipe will guarantee water for the volunteers who work hard to maintain the park it will also guarantee water for the rangers who protect the park and the wildlife while providing invaluable information and education. The biggest development is that it will allow water sources to be installed along the new disabled access trail and existing path, guaranteeing water for visitors.
While our trench seems like a small development, it is helping protect the future of this awe inspiring natural part of the country. Globally Costa Rica is providing an excellent example of sustainable development and conservation. It is a small country but proving its power through conservation of rainforests and the environment. Carara National Park is a perfect example of the importance of volunteers and the changes they can make.
After the working day is done, X-Ray 4 have cuddles