Preserving the life around us
A wildlife refuge is a haven or sanctuary for animals and plants; an area of land or of land and water set aside and maintained, usually by government or private organization, for the preservation and protection of one or more species of wildlife. Selva Negra Nature Reserve is a private wildlife refuge, out of the 1000 acres of land, over 300 acres are strictly reserved as the wildlife refuge, of the other 900 acres about 400 are secondary forest in the form of shaded coffee plantation. This area too serves as a wildlife refuge in the sense that many of the animals are seen living happy lives within the coffee fields. Shade coffee plantations are serving a critical link for migratory birds connecting pieces of forest to one another.
Animal habitat is just as critical in the rainforest mountain as it is in the secondary shade coffee forest.
"Drinking shade-grown coffee is an easy and delicious way to help threatened wildlife. As their natural forest habitat continues to decline, migratory birds and other wildlife are increasingly finding refuge in the forest-like canopies of shade coffee farms. By following time-honored growing traditions, shade-grown coffee farmers are protecting vital habitat for hundreds of species of birds, bats, small cats, and other wildlife." Defenders of Wildlife