By Foresee Foundation
Eusebio Richardson is our new Terrestrial Ranger. His main task is to help manage the vervet monkey population on Sint Maarten as they are an invasive species.
The Nature Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization located on the island of St. Maarten, in the heart of the Caribbean. We aim to preserve and enhance the natural environment of St. Maarten in the present moment and for generations to come through a variety of education-, preservation- and research- initiatives.
How does your Terrestrial Ranger contribute to making your organization better?
The Terrestrial Ranger fills a role that is desperately needed as the invasive species greatly affects our biodiversity. We are also trying to find a location or locations to identify as a Nature Reserve Park, where we can protect our local flora and fauna along with our native animal species.
Give some examples of activities or projects that your Terrestrial Ranger has participated in to make your organization more effective.
Our Terrestrial Ranger’s first and most important objective is to help manage the vervet monkey population on the island. He started with a survey in the areas on Dutch Sint Maarten that have had the most monkey sightings. The objective is to gain data on the effects the vervet monkeys are having on the community, especially since agriculture is growing on the island. He is also busy with a vervet monkey count which will help identify the number of monkeys currently on the Dutch side of the island. This process is ongoing and he has had very positive feedback from the communities that have been confirmed to have the most monkeys.
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