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Barro Colorado Natural Monument


[The boat for the island departs from Gamboa.]

The boat for the island departs from Gamboa.


[Visitors boarding the ferry.]

Visitors boarding the ferry.


[Barro Colorado means red mud, as seen on the picture.]

Barro Colorado means red mud, as seen on the picture.


[Main offices of the Smithsonian Institution on the island.]

Main offices of the Smithsonian Institution on the island.


[Dormitories for the researchers working on the natural monument.]

Dormitories for the researchers working on the natural monument.


[The visitors are divided in groups and asigned a guide.]

The visitors are divided in groups and asigned a guide.


[This item is a camera with movement sensors. It is used for taking pictures of animals during research works.]

This item is a camera with movement sensors. It is used for taking pictures of animals during research works.


[Howler monkey native to the island. There are four different species of monkeys in Barro Colorado.]

Howler monkey native to the island. There are four different species of monkeys in Barro Colorado.


[A view of the tropical rainforest present on the island.]

A view of the tropical rainforest present on the island.


[There are many trails that cross the island. On one of them we saw this specimen of fungus. Compare it to the size of the water bottle.]

There are many trails that cross the island. On one of them we saw this specimen of fungus. Compare it to the size of the water bottle.


[Flags and ribbons mark the location of several specimens involved in studies.]

Flags and ribbons mark the location of several specimens involved in studies.


[A big ceiba tree (Ceiba pentandra) is one of the main attractions of the island.]

A big ceiba tree (Ceiba pentandra) is one of the main attractions of the island.


[Trap for catching rodents]

Trap for catching rodents


[Radio tower used for tracking the movements of certain animals that carry a transmitter as part of ongoing experiments.]

Radio tower used for tracking the movements of certain animals that carry a transmitter as part of ongoing experiments.


[Hive of a species of social insects living on the rainforest.]

Hive of a species of social insects living on the rainforest.


[Instruments used for analizing weather patterns on the island.]

Instruments used for analizing weather patterns on the island.


By:

Compa Wayo
2007-08-14

An artificial island created with the flooding that originated Gatun Lake during the building of the Panama Canal, Barro Colorado later became a protected area.

It has been the site of many scientific researches because of its biodiversity. It includes 1369 species of plants, 335 of birds, 35 of amphibians, 71 of reptiles, 109 de mammalians y tens of thousands of species of insects.


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