Out of all the days of hiking through Amboro, today would be the longest. We would have both hiking during the day and night. There are some animals that are more present at night and we wanted to try to see them.
The day started after our breakfast. Some of the stuff was repetitive but this red blooming tree was new.
This palm is cool in that it moves. It throws these root arms and drops others. This allows it to move around some. There are conflicting theories as to why it does this but regardless of why, it’s pretty cool.
This happy bald spot on the floor of the jungle is a leaf cutter ant trail. They clear the path that they follow “home”. Why are they cutting things down? It’s because they are fungus farmers. They take certain leaves and use them to grow fungus in their nests. They then feed off the fungus. Ants are pretty amazing creatures. These can carry 20x their body weight.
Here’s something that is amazing. Ant quality control. Leaves that do not fit the need of the fungus, or damage it, are discarded. Below is a bunch of discarded leaves that did not meet the farming criteria.
We also saw other animals…
Of course there is plenty of plant life as well. This little furry stalk was glistening in the light.
Views of water
Towards the end of our trek we stopped off at a campsite that was not very loved. It had fallen to shambles. The wood was splintered, mosquito netting on the windows had significant holes, and in one area the roof had primitive skylights (holes). There were two elderly gentlemen there that were in the jungle to get treatment for their rheumatoid arthritis from a Japanese healer… You can’t make this stuff up. The treatment was several days of bites from fire ants. I’ve had some of those bites and they are SUPER intense. The men claimed it helped them immensely so who knows, maybe there is something to it. From this camp it was only a 15 or so minute walk back to our camp where we ate, and headed back on our night hike. Unfortunately the night hike didn’t yield any animals and after several hours, we decided to turn in.