Smithsonian Institute of Tropical Research
The Smithsonian Institute of Tropical Research has been researching
the plants and wild life in Panama for around 80 years.
Their major research centers in Panama are
- The Galeta Marine Laboratory is on the Caribbean Coast of
Panama, in the Province of Colon. Isla Galeta was formerly used by the US
Intelligence service until 1967, this has been transformed into a world class
facility for international scientists to do valuable studies of mangrove habitats,
coral formations and the 22 species of tropical birds found on the island.
- The Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas on the Causeway in Panama
City contains, among other exhibits, two aquariums that show the differences
between fish in the Pacific and Caribbean Seas. The fish from the Caribbean
are the more colourful.
Colorado. Another of Panama’s most popular ecotourism destinations
is the Barro Colorado wildlife refuge at Lake Gatun, also a site of ongoing
research by Smithsonian scientists.
- Bocas del Toro - Bocas del Toro province is a magnificent
natural region with humid tropical forest, swamp forest and banana plantations
in the terrestrial habitats and mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and coral
reefs in the marine coast. All this ecosystems present unique characteristics
that integrated to the geological past and cultural diversity make a special
environment for research and education projects.
- The arboretum, located at STRI’s headquarters in Panama
City , is home to a range of ecological interactions.
- STRI has installed canopy access systems, which consist of
tower construction cranes with specially adapted gondolas, in two tropical
forests: a seasonally dry forest at the Metropolitan Nature Park of Panama
City and a moist forest at Fort Sherman on Panama ’s Atlantic coast.
Panama is an incredibly ecologically diverse country with low
levels of tourism (to date). It has an enormous potential for the expansion
of ecotourism and ecotourism adventures. Panama is becoming one of the most
exciting ecotourism destinations in the world.
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