Fauna Monitoring in The Peruvian Amazon,
The area of the Peruvian amazon where this project takes place is located in Southern Peru, 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.
This volunteering opportunity is a proper jungle experience. You stay in a basic but idyllic forest lodge in the middle of the Amazon Jungle. You get up at 5 am in the morning to do your first monitoring along the forest transect and come back for breakfast.
During the day you ca join some work at the lodge that can be agriculture or participate in the reforestation project they are implementing. Have lunch at midday and get ready for a siesta, because it’s too hot for work. In the evening you have the second monitoring session along the transect before you come back for dinner.Volunteers cook their own food in the rustic kitchen facilities.
If you are the creative type, you can spend your siesta time reading, painting or even writing.
You will also have the opportunity to join the tourism attractions of the area, which include canoeing, fishing, visiting a claylick full of colourful birds, zip lining, canopy walks over hanging bridges and other.
There is no wifi, at your permanent lodge, but you will spend some time in the tourist lodge that is located 4 km walk through the forest where there is wifi.
There is electricity so you will be able to bring electronic devices and use for your own entertainment off line.
The aim of this project is to monitor populations of fauna species, to help develop 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 recording the presence of mammals.
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 (if necessary)
- Enter the data into a database
- The data collected is used to create distribution maps and spot population dynamic changes that can help prevent species extinction.
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 (at extra cost) there is shared bathroom kitchen and dining facilities.
The food is provided for you at Venado Lodge and you may help cook.
3 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks
£968 £ 1,246 £1,865 £ 2,302
All projects attract £250 booking fee.
The price includes: Accommodation and food + airport transfer to hotel on arrival (other transport is not included).
Your project fee covers the services you receive during your stay and other direct costs of your project.
The booking fee covers the coordination of your programme. We also run a mobile line on whataspp manned 24/7, so you can get assistance with any issues you may encounter while you are traveling.
You will gain field work experience in tropical forest conservation and sustainable development.
Our experience in sustainability and conservation allows us to source purposeful projects that will enhance your chances of a career in the environment, sustainable development, climate change mitigation, etc.
You will be provided with training on the monitoring methods used as well as the identification of species in the field. Hence you will gain practical experience in the implementation of field research and survey methodologies for the different zoological groups.
Your participation in this project will make a valuable contribution to help tackle climate change and the knowledge of populations dynamics in Tamboata Nature Reserve, an important area for the conservation of the richness of the Amazonian rain forest.
You can use this option if you want to pay the booking fee to secure your place and discuss the details of your programme with us afterward. This is recommended if you are booking less than three months in advance of your intended travel date, as spaces are normally limited, specially for the summer months.
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