á scientists and he is in charge of the turtle management programme of the Caburini village. It’s one of their ways to contribute to the reserve. In exchange, they get some money, or something useful for the village, like diesel for their generator, but especially the assurance that turtles will not be extinct any more.
|Kai learning to blow bubbles with a local plant!|
In the afternoon , we leave the Caburini village, and we all hope to come back meet these wonderful people again one day.
Monday Aug 9 afternoon
Our destination is the Mamirauá lake, which gives its name to the entire reserve. Mamirauà actually means « children of the manatee » in one of the original indigenous languages. But we cannot see any manatees this time of the year, since the water level is lowering 14 cm a day and they’ve already left for deeper waters.
Instead of the manatees, we spot a sloth, the very slowly moving animal, hanging on a tree. This is another animal that still puzzles biologists. Because of its slowness, it is very vulnerable when it is on the ground.
The caimans let us get nearer in the dark, their eyes lighting up like red led’s when our boat with the spotlight approaches. The river water is clean but not clear. At day time you see only the top of the head of the caiman, its eyes, back and tail.