In Kabalebo I've been hiking for many years, I walked both short and long trails. While trying to reach my destinations I often have a 'meet & greet' with the trail guards. They are all members of the Fauna world. No special skills are required to take in this position. It makes my journey more adventurous and exciting.
Here are some trail guards I've met during the past few years:
- Three - striped Poison Frog - Ameerega trivittata (most of the time I meet the male next to a puddle, sometimes carrying the next generation of trail guards)
- Common Squirrel Monkey - Saimiri sciureus (one of the cutest under the trail guards, sometimes they 'accompany' you through your jungle hike)
- Screaming Piha - Lipaugus vociferans (he'll let you know that he's present and is on the look - out)
- Red - footed tortoise - Chelonoidis carbonaria (a shy trail guard, the moment it's noticing you, it goes straight into its home)
- South American Lancehead - Botrox atrox (this is one guard that makes sure your heart rate goes up in a beat)
- Tarantula (hairy and scary looking guard but harmless when left alone)
- Black - faced hawk - Leucopternis melanops (the 'ghost' trail guard or 'sniper' guard, it flies silently through the forest)
- Emerald tree boa - Corallus caninus (when you are aware where it's guarding then you're mentally prepared. If not then your heart starts to beat like a hummingbird)
- Black Curassow - Crax alector (a trail guard that sports the best hairstyle so far)
- Red - rumped Agouti - Dasyprocta agouti (often found off guard when it's taking a break ..... eating)
- Pauraque - Nyctidromus albicollis (a trail guard who is perfectly camouflaged, sitting most of the time on the ground)
- White - tailed trogon - Trogon viridis (when it notices you this guard will always turns it's back to you)
Even though we don't speak the same language, it is always a pleasure for me to meet them in person.