At a dark hr in between January 8 as well as 10, 2021, ecological preservation area leader Gonzalo Cardona Molina was eliminated in Valle del Cauca,Colombia Gonzalo devoted the last 23 years of his life to safeguarding the Yellow- eared Parrot, a fascinating bird that remained in threat of termination. (It has actually currently been extirpated, or made in your area vanished, in bordering Ecuador.)
Colombia has actually come to be rather much safer considering that the scary days of the narcos. It has actually come to be an extra preferred birding location. It might be the best birding location on earth for its variety of environment as well as variety of varieties.
Yet the South American country is still the most unsafe location on the planet to decide for the setting, according to Global Witness.
In 2019, 64 park rangers as well as others functioning to shield as well as maintain nature were eliminated. There is recurring dispute in between residues of the FARC, which authorized a small tranquility treaty with the federal government in 2016, the nation’s main militaries, as well as various other militarized teams.
It enjoyed this mess that “Gonza” (as his numerous buddies called him) Cardona fearlessly tipped. He had actually been a farmer; he had no details factor to shield a jeopardized varieties. He might have happened with his life, as a lot of his other Colombians do each day. But he lingered.
When Gonzalo started counting the Yellow- eared Parrots in 1998, just regarding 80 were left inColombia Through his initiatives– consisting of tree growing, environment security, as well as curricula– as well as those of Fundaci ón ProAves, the number expanded to greater than 2,800 (35 times extra the 1998 overall) when he finished his last demographics in December 2020.
After the demographics, on January 8, Gonzalo was headed residence to Roncevalles, a hill community 2,400 meters over water level. His native home, Roncevalles is a community that has actually been inhabited by militaries, its people intimidated as well as eliminated. A location to walk gently.
There is a roadway linking Barrag án as well asRoncesvalles A lonesome roadway, as well as a no-go area after 6 pm. “Everyone recognizes,” stated the neighborhood documents. FARC holdouts, armed outlaws, as well as others do not such as “their” region jeopardized night. Gonzalo gotten on his motorcycle as well as headed residence for a just remainder after finishing the demographics.
He never ever made it.
A couple of days later on, after his loss was reported, Gonzalo’s other half got a phone call from the wrongdoers that fired as well as eliminated him. They can quit looking. You can locate his body below His body was located, covered in sticks as well as dust, with 2 bullets in the breast.
Gonzalo Cardona passed away safeguarding a varieties of parrot that or else might have went away permanently. He never ever examined why he did it. It merely needed to be done.
Gonza provided individuals wish. He made Colombians happy with their all-natural prizes, equally as the daring group at Expedicion BIOGRAPHY from the Humboldt Institute is redeeming this heritage as well as providing the nation a course ahead in preservation as well as ecotourism. Gonzalo resides on in the job of Fundaci ón ProAves throughout Colombia, as well as with the yearly Yellow- eared Parrot Festival in Roncevalles, near where he passed away.
“Colombia really did not simply shed a valuable life,” ProAves stated. “Colombia shed a champ for nature as well as our precious Yellow- eared Parrots shed their papa as well as hero.”
May he relax in tranquility.
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