MCLUS December 2010 Newsletter – Cat Sightings in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest!

Cat Sightings in the Children's Eternal Rainforest

Monteverde Conservation League, U.S.

Dear Friends,

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season! The Monteverde Conservation League U.S., Inc. (MCLUS) has had a productive year working on behalf of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest (CER) and protecting our planet’s rich biodiversity. Much has been achieved as we’ve helped to protect the CER, as well as expand it.

We want to express our gratitude to all our supporters worldwide. Because of the generosity of many donors, MCLUS is working to complete the purchase of a 252 acre tract of land in Monteverde that extends the borders of the CER. Equally important, your gifts help save the animals and plants within the forest from predation by poachers.

We have also taken two trips to the CER this year and have three more planned for 2011. If you are interested in traveling with us, please click on the link to see more detailed information about these trips.

In 2011 we will change to a quarterly format with our newsletter. This will allow us to continue to share more of the important news from the CER while at the same conserving staff hours in order to focus on new fundraising and land purchase efforts.

We are also seeking volunteers who would like to contribute to our blog: in order to make it even richer and more informative. Please contact for more information.

The board and staff of MCLUS are committed to continuing the dedicated work of the late Rachel and Dwight Crandell in supporting the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. We appreciate your continued support!

For the Forest,

Signed, Laurie Waller

Laurie Waller
Monteverde Conservation League U.S.

P.S. There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation to support the Children’s Eternal Rainforest — Click here to make a donation today!

Cat Sightings in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest!


Jaguar Canyon, or Bajo del Tigre, is one of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest’s visitor centers. This accessible, densely forested property was donated to the Monteverde Conservation League (MCL) around 1990 to conserve it and has both an information and environmental education center.

Margay in the Children's Eternal Rainforest

Good news was recently received from the Bajo del Tigre visitor center:

“We have seen the results of our conservation efforts with sightings of ocelots, margay and jaguarundi in the past several months. Recently, a wild cat on a tree was seen by several members of the MCL staff. It was a Margay!”

Mark Wainwright, a member of MCL’s board, gives the following information on the Margay in his comprehensive field guide, The Mammals of Costa Rica. “The Margay is mostly solitary, nocturnal and rarely seen. Its leaping ability is phenomenal: it can jump vertically 8 feet in a single bound. They are difficult to distinguish from an oncilla but are larger, with spots and streaks usually larger, fewer and enclosed.” These beautiful wild cats were hunted heavily from the 1960’s to the 1980’s for their pelts to make coats. “Fur trading is minimal now, but margays are still pursued by indiscriminate hunters and poultry farmers. Margays do not seem to do well in disturbed habitats, and may thus be particularly affected by deforestation.”

Deforestation continues around the CER’s protected area. MCL seeks opportunities to buy land to increase habitat protection for the cats and the countless other animals and plants that are threatened by development and population pressures.

Costa Rica Rainforest


Explore the natural beauty of Costa Rica and the Children’s Eternal Rainforest – explore tropical habitats and ecosystems, learn about the local communities, help with a service project – all these activities and many more are part of an MCLUS eco-trip.

For the first time, you have two tremendous trips to choose from this summer! For 2011, MCLUS is offering two separate itineraries to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest: to the Pacific Slope and to the Atlantic Slope – both fascinating and unique ecosystems.

Deposits made before January 1, 2011 will earn you an early bird $100 discount off the price of either the Pacific Slope (San Gerardo) or Atlantic Slope (Pocosol) trip. You’ll find the complete itineraries on our website at Come ready to experience Costa Rica’s natural wonders with a small group of travelers. Our trips are limited to just 20 people so all have the chance to fully participate.


There are only two days left! Belize beckons, but deposits are needed by Thursday, December 16th. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the best of Belize – rainforest, reefs and ruins with Blue Water Ventures.

MCLUS Belize Trip 2011

Several enthusiastic women travelers have already committed and are ready to hike, snorkel and discover this fascinating country. We need a few more intrepid travelers to sign up in order for this trip to proceed. This special trip itinerary (see, designed by the late Rachel Crandell and is for women only – so pack your mask and fins and bring your mother, sister, niece, daughter, friend, co-worker or colleague with you! If you are interested in joining us, please email us at You can also print off the registration form from the website and send it in with your deposit of $200.00. Hope you can join us!

Photo credits: Margay by Rachel Crandell, Belize by Blue Water Ventures