Canopy Crane


The canopy of tropical forests is one of the sites with the greatest biodiversity in the world and very little of it has been recorded by man, is estimated that over 90% of all the world's species are insects that inhabit the top of the rainforest and have not yet been described by science, most of the 1.8 million species have been recorded more than half live in these forests, which is why many scientists have in recent years devoted to the study of tropical forest canopy. The top of tropical forests is of significant importance in the global climate as this type of biome plays an important role in regulating global climate, throwing more carbon per year than any other habitat. Today the metropolitan nature park offers the opportunity to meet the highest part of the forest by using the "crane study of tropical forest canopy" used by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute for their studies, this crane was placed in the metropolitan park since 1990 and since that time until today plays an important role in scientific research, scientists who worked in the environmental program of the united nations and the agenda of the tropical forest canopy Smithsonian Institute have been experimenting on this site. This crane was the first in its class to be used as a study tool within a forest, because the greater diversity of tropical forests inhabit the highest levels, made it difficult to study this part of the forest because scientists had no access to the canopy, the STRI pioneered the use of a construction crane in order to study the higher parts of the forest, thanks to this knowledge about the canopy-dwelling species has increased in recent years, Currently there are 12 cranes in the world that are used for this purpose, which two of them are in Panama and you can have access to them through a guided tour at the Metropolitan Nature Park is a unique experience that you can not lose. The 235 hectares of Metropolitan Nature Park is one of the few remaining tropical dry forest of the Pacific Coast that remains throughout Central and South America. Metropolitan Nature Park is home to a rich biodiversity, have been recorded at the park about 284 species of trees, 45 species of mammals, 254 species of birds, reptile and amphibian species. The crane is placed in a dry tropical forest, has about 35 meters high in the forest and operates within a radius of 40 meters, the work of the crane can cover about 180,000 cubic meters of forest, the maximum people can get at the same time is 5 and is placed in the center of a hectare on a parcel approximately 316 trees, these trees have a height that is between 30 and 40 meters, over 60 species of trees and vines can be seen in the perimeter of the crane as well as one of the most beautiful views of the Panama city.

"These reasons make the Metropolitan Natural Park a unique place in the world"

Within species of flora that you can see from the crane are:


EspavéAnacardium excelsum

Guacimo coloradoLuehea seemannii

Higuerón-Ficus insipida

MadroñoCalycophyllum candidissimu

Zorro Astronium graveolens

JoboSpondias Bombin

CauchoCastilla elastica

Chirimoya de monteAnnona spraguei

CorotúEnterolobium cyclocarpum

 LaurelCordia alliodora,


Possible species of wildlife that you will see are:

Red-naped or Geoffroy´s tamarin - Saguinus geoffroyi

Brown-throated three-toed sloth - Bradypus variegatus

Hoffmann´s two-toed slothCholoepus hoffmanni

White-nosed coati - Nasua narica

Green Iguana  -  Iguana iguana

Squirrel Cuckoo - Piaya cayana thermophila

Slaty-tailed Trogon - Trogon massena hoffmanni

Keel-billed Toucan - Ramphastus sulfuratus

Orange-chinned ParakeetBrotogeris jugularis



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