Last week when the board of Friends of the Rainforest were visiting Costa Rica they spent the night in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest at Poco Sol. Jim Wolfe, biologist, film maker and ex-board member who has a cabin nearby, put his camera out overnight near the trail from the lake down to the waterfall at Poco Sol. His camera has a motion detector so can act as a camera trap. He was expecting to maybe capture small noctural animals like birds or rodents so he set it low down at the height to capture something small.
The next morning he went back to get his camera. He has to take out the card and put it on his computer to see what’s on it. Can you imagine his amazement when this is what he found?
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It seems like the jaguar came twice in the same night: the first time during daylight and the second time was after dark, shot in infrared. Occasionally researchers have found jaguar footprints in The Forest and it was thought that jaguars pass through but there was no evidence of any living here. This is the first time one has been captured on video. And to think, so close to the Poco Sol station! Better be careful if you are going for a walk around the lagoon alone at night!