Moraro Protected Rain-forest
Protecting and Preserving Nature
Traditionally, people farm, hunt or build on ancestral lands, and even with these activities, lands have been sustained for centuries.
With modern challenges like declining resources, climate change and forest loss, we have to look at alternative ways of preserving nature.
In Moraro, we believe that helping to keep the forest alive is part of our destiny and because of current issues concerning the welfare of tropical rain-forests have designated Moraro’s high-forest as an area to keep and protect. This is to provide a home/sanctuary for the many species that still frequent the area, to maintain an original forest and simply to just enjoy.
Though we use farming methods such as re-forestation farming that is kind to the land, we still need to respond to the challenges of forest loss.
As custodians, we highlight the importance of the natural ecosystem to native species and create an awareness of value of the rain-forest.
Characteristics of Moraro rain-forest
The preserved forest starts on the hill top and continues down the slope into the swamp. Species threatened by deforestation like the Green-winged macaw (Ara chloropterus) and various types of Blue Morpho butterfly still live in the area. There are also some endangered species of tropical trees. As the name Moraro suggests, Mora (Mora excelsa) which is an endangered specie still grow in the area. Endangered trees also there are Hakia (Tabebula sarratifolia), Asepoko (Pouteria guianensis) and Maporokon (Inga alba). Among our prized trees in Moraro is the anacardium giganteum known locally as hubuji. It is rare and does not fruit annually like the common cashew anacardium occidentale. The fruit is very succulent and a favourite to make juice.
A Bird-lover’s Paradise
The forest supports and is home to a wealth of birds including rare species.
Though they have not been systematically categorised, from observing and listening, birds include: Tinamous, Curassows, Vultures, Hawks, Trumpeters, Plovers, Sandpipers, Pigeons, Doves, Parrots, Hoatzin, Owls, Nighthawks, Swifts, Hummingbirds, Toucans, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Swallows, Wrens, Tanagers and Finches.
When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
~ Cree Prophecy ~