A walk with Vido

A walk with Vido

 Endemic Fiji tree frogs are a resident of the Colo I Suva Forest park.

Endemic Fiji tree frogs are a resident of the Colo I Suva Forest park.

A big vinaka vakalevu to our members and friends who joined us at the Colo-I-Suva forest park on Saturday 18th July. Over 20 people got the chance to meet Vido on the forest walk.

Sanivalati Vido has been a supporter of NatureFiji-MareqetiViti since we started and was one of the first local experts that we engaged in 2009 when we organised our first eco camp with the youths of Nadala village in Ba and Tikina Nabuobuco in Naitasiri.

Vido’s guided tour of the Colo-I-Suva forest park was a treat as we learned about the four species of pandanus and their distinguishing features; met two endemic Fiji tree frogs; observed an endemic Goshawk basking in the sun – maybe even showing off alittle, only three meters from where we stood; found an endemic land snail in the pandanus and a Fiji wood scorpion!

The participants and Vido met our mascot Drautabua (Fiji Acmopyle) at the upper pools of the park during the break.

We sincerely thank Sanivalati Vido for an informative and fun walk, and the Department of Forests for looking after the Colo I Suva forest park.

This Saturday’s event is part four of NatureFiji-MareqetiViti’s Learn from the Scientists series of events, designed to engage local and international scientists with citizens, especially local children interested in Fiji’s wildlife.

Our next event is with Lekima Copeland in the Nabukavesi Creek! We hope to see you then!.

 Drautabua with the NFMV club members at the Colo I Suva Forest walk with Sanivalati Vido. Photo: Deepti Karan Weiss.

Drautabua with the NFMV club members at the Colo I Suva Forest walk with Sanivalati Vido. Photo: Deepti Karan Weiss.