The Trocano project area is very rural and not only is there little internet, there is not even much TV. For that reason, radio is the most popular medium in the area and one of the most popular stations is San Antonio.
Recently, to mark World Environment Day, the president of the project area NGO, Iakira, known to all as Goianao, went on the radio to discuss the importance of biodiversity in the conservation area. He spoke at length with radio host Mauricio Motta.
Endangered Amazon Dolphin
Goiano points out that in the area, there are a number of important species on the “endangered” list, including 2 species of monkey, the white-nosed saki and the grey-woolly monkey. Also endangered is the giant otter which is a common sight along the banks of the Madeira, a tributary of the Amazon. Another highly significant species on the endangered list is the Amazon River Dolphin, explains Goiano, known locally as the tucuxi. “These dolphins are classified as ‘Data Deficient’,” he says, “Which means that there is currently not enough information about their populations in the wild to determine whether they are endangered or not.”
No Sighting Insignificant
Goiano urges people who live in the forest to notify the Iakira office any time they encounter any of these endangered animals. “No sighting is insignificant,” he says. The rainforest is a place people encounter animals every day, but it’s important not to take them for granted and to understand them. “Every single animal plays their own important role in the ecosystem,” Goiano says. “Some species act as food for other species, some species act as population regulators for pests.” The pink-skinned freshwater dolphins don’t exist anywhere else. “If they were to disappear from the Amazon they would have disappeared from the earth entirely.”
Goiano uses the airwaves to reach out to the community to participate in species protection. “It is our duty as responsible inhabitants of the rainforest to ensure we can protect these species as much as we can,” he says.
Latest posts by Kevin Casey (see all)
- Germany choking on Das Dieselgate debacle - September 24, 2015
- Cloudy Skies Ahead for Alleged Volkswagen Emissions Cheats - September 22, 2015
- 10 Green Bottles: The Most Carbon Neutral Beers - September 18, 2015