That was, what Inge said, after a day tour at "Los Cascaveles" - our finca in the mountains outside of León, Nicaragua.
Since around seven years ago, we now own about 200 acres of land very close to the city of León and almost untouched during the last 50 years. It is 'tropico seco' - a special kind of tropical landscape.
While all the fincas around are sustantially damaged, this piece of land has retained almost original fauna and flora with a great deal of biodiversity. And we would like it to stay like this.
Over time we managed to build a fence around the property, to hold out damaging cattle from the neighborhood, however there is something much more dangerous than cattle pasturing in the woods: pouchers, which are seeking out garrobos - reptiles, about one meter long, wanted for human consumption. Pouching the garrobos is already illegal but they even will ignite the woodland: its the easiest way to get to the garrobos caves.
During the last four years, we have been able to keep the damage under control - the woodlands and the forest have been able to recover a lot. But here is the problem: this year we have had more dry biomass on the land than ever and now we are out of funds.
With € 1050 we can guarantee a daily patrol from our park ranger for a duration of six months. Another € 400 enables us to lay down a fire barrier partition of 1500 meters and to send police patrols into the area every two weeks. The first measure prevents any fire from spreading into the inaccessible forest area, the second help to keep out tempted pouchers.
With € 1900 we can buy fire extinguising equipment and document the surveillance with photos and share them online with you, buying a smartphone and a plan. The phone also helps a lot with the needed emergency calls and coordination in case of intrusions and fire outbreaks.
With € 500 more, we can repair the large rotten fence and extend the fire barrier for 5000 meters all around the property.
If we reach our complete financing goal of € 3300, we can even start to replace the anti-ecological barbed wire fence with about 2000 "Piñuela" cactus plants, on most of the affected borders. This plant, is drought resistant and gradually thickens, forming an impenetrable fence for humans and fire.
At this moment, midst of January, pouchers are already starting to trespass our property. We need to act quick!
Your help with this will save an unaccounted amount of wildlife and is a great conservation effort for a better tomorrow. We would really like you to come and see for yourself, what this piece of land can offer. You are more then welcome to visit us at "Los Cascaveles"!