Kaminando created its Habitat Connectivity Initiative as a project within the Mamoní Valley Preserve in 2014 in order to protect the connectivity of threatened habitat and wildlife, sustain healthy populations into the future, and promote a harmonious human-wildlife co-existence. The project aims to better understand not only the composition of wildlife communities in primary and secondary forests in an ecologically significant zone within the Isthmus of Panama, but also the effects of agriculture and grazing on wildlife community structure.
The project establishes long-term research and monitoring programs, primarily focused on big cat species, promoting conservation of wildlife and sustainability. It will provide solid scientific data to support long-term rainforest management. Kaminando’s partnership with the Mamoní Valley Preserve, Rainforest Capital Management, The Mamoní 100, and Earth Train allow Kaminando to collaborate with landowners throughout the Valley to perform extensive surveys of wildlife on private lands.
Kaminando is establishing a central Biological Field Station on 44 hectares of Tropical Montane Cloud Forest in the Valley. Kaminando owns two properties. Kaminando East borders the pristine habitat of the Guna Yala Comarca and houses the Field Station. Kaminando West serves as a buffer area preventing anthropogenic impacts from reaching the borders of Chagres National Park and serves as a prime area for biological research.
Kaminando’s biological research throughout the Valley provides a comprehensive understanding of the status of species and their habits within. This research contributes to the overall mission of the Mamoní Valley Preserve, empowering local communities with environmental education to ultimately benefit the alarming habitat degradation in the region through awareness and sustainable practices.