Salvador Cardenal


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Salvador Cardenal q.e.p.d. (1960-2010)

Arguably the most creative and musically proficient of the contemporary Nicaraguan musical composers. He and sister Katia Cardenal performed as Duo Guardabarranco. His songs were sometimes eerily poetic like those of Victor Jara. Nonetheless, the most popular of all his songs used words from a Costa Rican girl whose lover perished in the conflicts in Nicaragua: Guerrero del Amor.


In Defense of Nature

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Scuba Diving in Lake Apoyo


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This baby squirrel was raised after falling from a tree. Today she has her own family in the trees above Estación Biológica.



The environment of Laguna de Apoyo is natural and nearly unspoiled.


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Seed collection is performed locally to promote the conservation of local genetic varieties for reforestation of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve.


The forest inside the crater in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve contains dozens of reptile species.


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Thanks to the efforts of FUNDECI/GAIA and the contributions of visitors to Estación Biológica, these children can attend the new, beautiful "Heroes y Mártires de Xiloá" school near the shore of Laguna de Xiloá in Chiltepe Peninsula Nature Reserve. Photo by Belen Canmino.



Field identification of the reptiles of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua.

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Many species of snakes are common in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve.

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This tiny snake, Tantilla armillata, was the first to be found in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve.