Fauna Monitoring in Tambopata National Reserve, Peru

/Fauna Monitoring in Tambopata National Reserve, Peru

Fauna Monitoring in Tambopata National Reserve

Tambopata National Reserve is located in the Tambopata Province, in the Peruvian Amazon. Located between the equator and the tropic of Capricorn. The average annual temperature is just over 25 Celsius ranging from 10-38 Celsius, with generally high humidity.

The reserve protects over a quarter million hectares (just under 275,000 ha) of humid tropical forests, designated for the protection of the forests located between the Tambopata and Heath River.

This area is known to host more than 1, 700 species of plants and animals amongst them: more than 575 species of birds, approximately 1200 species of butterflies, 127 amphibian and reptiles and 91 species of mammals, which include dears, monkeys, tapirs, otters, opossums, giant ant eaters and others.

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The aim of this project is to monitor fauna populations, to helps develop accurate species lists and population density reports which will be used to inform future conservation decisions.

Monitoring methodology: Walk along transects during two hours in the morning and in the evening making annotations of all vertebrates encountered: bird/mammal/amphibians, reptiles.

Activities include but are not restricted to:

  • Record GIS coordinates of species reported
  • Set up and check camera traps for mammal activity
  • Monitor mammal and parrot claylick usage
  • Enter the data in our database
  • We will create distribution maps of specific species that are threatened of extinction.

You will be provided with training on the monitoring methods used as well as the identification of species in the field.

Your participation in this project will make a valuable contribution to science and to the knowledge of populations dynamics in Tamboata Nature Reserve. Hence it will allow you to gain practical experience inf the implementation of field research and survey methodologies for the different zoological groups.

Food will be provided by Eco Decisions and volunteers may help preparing meals.

Volunteers stay at Venado Eco House which is located about one hour from Puerto Maldonado. All accommodation is shared dorm style rooms unless a request is made for a private room (extra cost) both room types share a bathroom.