Lucy Valencia

Lucy Valencia has written 3 posts for EcoChronicle

Sloth Sanctuary

Jeff Rochte was your average Las Vegas, Nevada, native teen. Unsure of what direction to take after high school, he traded in the city lights, casinos, American restaurants, and his friends for one thing: the Aviaros del Caribe Sloth Sanctuary. It was a dream that grandparents, the founders and owners of the sanctuary, had many … Continue reading

Bullet Ants

They’re the insect version of a handgun, known for the world’s most painful sting. These bullet ants (Paraponera clavata) hold a venom that can leave victims in agony for weeks. Entomologist Justin O. Schmidt, creator of the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, rated a bullet ant’s sting as the absolute worst, describing it as “pure, intense, … Continue reading

Flocks of tourists challenge Monteverde’s wastewater systems

Ever since tourism to Monteverde started growing exponentially in the 1990s, homeowners and businesses have been struggling to help keep the area’s water filtration hygienic. Monteverde, like many other Latin American rural areas, practices a method of separating the town´s wastewater before it is cleaned and dumped back into the creeks and rivers. “El agua … Continue reading

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