Moloti, proudly inspired in Mexico!! Moloti is the first feline of our Baxalam family. His name is an abbreviation of Molotl that means lion in náhuatl. We decorated him with leaves and greenery of the tropical forest. He is an endless reminder of the incredible scenery that Mexican tropical forests offer every day. Yes! ! We’re talking about those that exists mainly in the southeast part of the country. If you have visited Chiapas, Tabasco or Campeche you have surely noticed that it rains heavily and you probably met trees such as the Ceiba, the Caoba and the Hule, that have huge trunks to support their wide canopy.
The tropical forest is formed by trees that measure up to 30 meters o more of very different species, and can maintain their foliage all year long thanks to the constant temperature that characterizes the region. The leaves of the trees are extremely wide so they can capture as much light possible. .
These ecosystems are the home and refuge of enigmatic species like boars, spider monkey, howler monkey, coatis, white tail deer, tapir, and possum. You can also find birds such as solitary eagles, scarlet macaw, and zopilote rey, just to mention a few. In terms of reptiles, you’ll find iguanas, rattle boas, frogs, toads, salamanders, among many… many others.
Nearly 450 species of endemic orchids grow in these ecosystems, like for example, vanilla! (delicious!). You can also find the Cacao tree which is used to make chocolate (yum!!), and the chico zapote tree which is used to make gum.
The tropical forest is home to flora and fauna in extinction such as the Jaguar, and therefore has great conservation value. These forests provide pure air, produce and purify water, they regulate the climate and temperature, they capture rain and are excellent eliminating carbon dioxide.
These forests protect the land from erosion. How? They capture and retain pluvial water so we can use it to irrigate, consume and generate electricity. . They also play an important role in regulating pollinators, plagues and disease.
In spite of this, these ecosystems are threatened by the change of use in land for agriculture, livestock, and illegal logging. According to INEGI, before the arrival of the Spaniards to México, tropical forests occupied 220 thousand km2 that represented 11% of the country’s territory. Today, there only exists 10% of the original 220 thousand km2, due to deforestation, livestock and colonization.