From our conservation holiday volunteering with jaguars, pumas, ocelots, primates and other species in the Amazon rainforest in Peru, South America (http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/peru)

I am at Lima airport waiting to board my flight back to Europe. Time to write this year’s final Amazonia diary entry. Team 2 left the ARC on Saturday morning. A big boat was sent up from the Tahuayo Lodge to ferry ten team members, four helpers, Alfredo & I, the equipment boxes and everyone’s luggage. See on the team picture (front, left to right) Ramon, Jayden, Shelley, Keiran, Alfredo (middle, left to right) David G, David H, Neil, Julian, Ashley, Andrew (back, left to right) Oscar, Segundo, Julio.

AM team 2

Overall the project has made a big step forward this year. We were able to expand the survey area significantly by exploring and recording hitherto unknown trails benefiting from the combined knowledge of Julio, Segundo, Oscar and Ramon. GPSs were used to record the tracks that will be included in our map and will help to expand and deepen research. It will take a few more years of data collection before the comparison of results will give a clearer picture of what is going on in the forest. As Alfredo said, it is a long-term project, but it is vital for the sustainable management of the whole reserve.

Thank you to everyone involved in the Amazonia expedition. Thanks for your contribution, your time, work and sweat. A special thank goes to David Hausmann for donating a brand-new pair of binoculars to the project. They will be put to good use in the future. Many thanks also to Brigitte and David Glossop for providing your personal camera traps to contribute to the research. I hope that you’ve all enjoyed your time at the ARC and the forest work as much as Alfredo & I did.

The camera trap pictures are now available:

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I hope to see some of you again some time!

Malika

From our conservation holiday volunteering with jaguars, pumas, ocelots, primates and other species in the Amazon rainforest in Peru, South America.

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