Spiders in the Mist

Spiderweb

Have you ever wondered how spiderwebs remain taut even when laden with dew?

A couple of months ago, on a cloudy day, while we were on a hike with Marc (our Operations Manager), he saw some cobwebs covered with dew and asked: How do spiders keep their webs taut with so much dew on them? At that moment, I didn’t know the answer, until a couple of weeks ago when I came across an article in Science magazine.

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Meet the Ecuadorian White-fronted Capuchin

While exploring along one of our trails close to the lodge, our guides Néstor and Anderson along with guests spotted a White Capuchin Monkey, a critically endangered species. Mashpi is home of the White-fronted Capuchin or Ecuadorian Capuchin (Cebus aequatorialis), which lives mainly on the coast of Ecuador. Its habitat is being destroyed at very accelerated rate (over 80% in the past 48 years, Cornejo & de la Torre, 2015), and it’s threatened by constant hunting pressure. That's why a sighting like this is of great value to the Mashpi Reserve!

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The howling monkey

When you think of monkeys, you think of playful animals; the ones that swing from branch to branch; the curious and cheerful animals that even stealthily steal food from humans naively walking through trails. But the Mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata) does not really fit this description.

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Housekeeping Army Ants

In Mashpi, we can observe one of the world’s most fascinating symbiotic relationships first-hand: that between army ants and ant birds. Army ants literally "sweep" the forest floor when they are hunting, spooking out insects from their hiding places. Over time a group of birds called antbirds have learned to follow these swarms as they hunt, capturing any insect that manages to escape the ants.

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