Excerpts from Jim Conrad's
Naturalist Newsletter

from the November 5, 2007 Newsletter issued from Yerba Buena Clinic just outside Pueblo Nuevo Solistahuacan, Chiapas, MÉXICO
about 1740 meters in elevation, ± LAT. 17° 11' 27"N, LONG. -92° 53' 35"W

The 1986 study by students from the UK's University of East Anglia listed mammals they had reason to believe existed in the reserve. Much of their information came from invader "vigilantes," always ready to defend the land they'd confiscated, and always the most likely to see critters wandering across the fields. The students listed seven species of bat, as well as rats and other rodents, plus the following larger mammals:

So far, being barred from the reserve itself by the invaders, I've seen none of the above species except for the Red-bellied Squirrels, which are very common in the trees around Yerba Buena's buildings. This is the same species we had in the Querétaro uplands, though different from the one in the Yucatan. This week I watched one gathering broad, coarse Quercus candicans leaves for a nest. My impression was that he was just repairing his roof between downpours.