The mixed-species nature of RTT forests promotes biodiversity and has created habitat for many forms of wildlife. Within new RTT pasture plantings, we have witnessed howler monkeys, sloths, deer, anteaters, coati, and many other small mammals. Reptiles and amphibians seem to flourish in RTT forests as well – supporting various snakes, lizards, and poison dart frogs. In addition, farm workers have seen tracks for large cats (possibly jaguars) and the elusive tapir.
RTT forests have also attracted many different birds, including toucans, various parrots, and the endangered great green macaw for which we have planted the Almendro tree that produces one of its favorite foods. We also have a research plot of about 50 fruit bearing trees under trial to see which might be included in our forests to feed the wildlife. The RTT forestry model is unique in its ability to sequester large amounts of carbon while supporting such a vast array of fauna.