Guatemala’s Artificial Watering Holes Make a Splash. SEARCH NEWS

Jaguar drinking at watering hole, Guatemala. Credit: FUNDAECO

A stunning Jaguar takes advantage of an artificial watering hole in Patén Guatemala. Credit: FUNDAECO.

FUNDAECO have introduced human-made watering holes after discovering that wildlife was putting itself at risk by venturing too close to urban areas.

A Puma takes a drink from one of FUNDAECO's man-made watering holes. Credit: FUNDAECO.

A Puma (Puma concolor) takes a drink from one of FUNDAECO’s man-made watering holes. Credit: FUNDAECO.

In the few weeks since the team at FUNDAECO first installed these critical water sources, a variety of species have been filmed making good use of these additions to the forests.

View of a Lowland Tapir through vegtation. Credit: FUNDAECO.

A Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) carefully approaches one of the watering holes. Credit: FUNDAECO.

The artificial ponds were introduced as an intervention for species after longer summers hit the Caribbean and saw animals getting nearer to towns, which causes several risks to wildlife and humans.

An Ornate Hawk-Eagle visiting a watering hole. Credit: FUNDAECO.

Many species of bird have been making use of the watering holes, including the near threatened Ornate Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus). Credit: FUNDAECO.

It took the team just a few days to install each watering hole, and will now become an annual part of conservation, with plans to roll these artificial water sources out across other reserves.

Their successful introduction showcases the efficient and innovative conservation work of our partners. This simple measure has prevented these species from putting themselves at risk and ensured they have access to drinking water during hotter and longer summers.

Puma faces the camera in Guatemala. Credit: FUNDAECO

An intense look from a Puma (Puma concolor) as it stares straight at the camera, as it approaches an artificial watering hole at Patén, Guatemala. Credit: FUNDAECO.

To support further conservation work in Guatemala, take a look at our Action Fund.

Find out more about the Action Fund

Male Red-headed Manakin on a branch. Credit: FUNDAECO>

A male Red-headed Manakin, a species known for it’s ‘moonwalking’ courtship display are regualer visitors to the watering holes. Credit: FUNDAECO.

Our Appeals