Tag Archive for: Amazon

Peru and Brazil, by Jinnie Yeo

This is a blog entry by the very talented travel writer, photographer and good friend of Dave’s, Jinnie Yeo.  Jinnie, Jo, Alex and Brendon (Dave’s friends from London) came to visit him in Peru in May 2013 and had a chance to see what Fauna Forever does in the rainforest.  If you want to know […]

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The Story of a Girl’s Heart, Stolen in the Amazon – by Office Intern Cora Chan

Introduction: An anthropology student from Hong Kong going to Puerto Maldonado in Peru to do a summer internship in a non-profit organization called Fauna Forever. It was 15 June 2013. The girl arrived at Puerto Maldonado in Peru and pleasantly greeted by a wonderful wooden lodge in the middle of bushes and trees—it is the […]

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Oneness – by FF Journalist Giles Crosse

 I read this lovely, meaningful excerpt from ‘Alex and me’ by Irene M. Pappenberg, which I felt keen to share on these pages…Alex was her Gray Parrot with which Pappenberg carried out research into animal sentience, communication and thought. ‘Exactly how scientists came to espouse ideas about animal minds that were so at odds with […]

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Jungle Madness 101

Some say it´s a myth, born from rubber barons in the early 1990´s, claiming it was spread by ¨savage natives¨ who would shoot any intruder with a poison dart, rendering them insane for the duration of their stay in the jungle. However modern day explorers know this is not the case. Jungle madness, as the […]

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La experiencia Fauna Forever

La gran ilusión de uno de mis hijos, gran aficionado a la Naturaleza y fotografía, era y es recorrer la selva amazónica para la “captura” de toda clase de bichos. Tras una minuciosa búsqueda por Internet, optó por registrarse como voluntario en la Asociación “Fauna Forever” del 8 al 18 de Julio 2012. Conociendo mis aficiones, […]

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A behavioural observation of two Didelphis marsupialis (Common Opossum)

…The transect began at 18:30, which seems to be a good time for mammals. About that time everyone starts moving around, foraging, hunting, hiding in the darkness. The trail itself ran loosely towards the river, dipping from terra firme into floodplain, crossing clear streams with sandy beds on fallen giant trees before abruptly turning east […]

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The Jungle´s Got Me Now

There is a guy on our team that has a joke that he´s going to grow a wild beard, bang 2 machetes together and say with crazy eyes “The jungle´s got you now!”, but it couldn´t be more true. I have been here for 4 weeks, one of those was camping, while the rest have […]

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The little things (in the jungle)

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 Relaxed in your hammock for hours and hours Finding a frog confused in the showers Clearing a tree in one steely swipe An unguarded snack, your favorite type Butterflies swooping and landing on you Feathers that gleam with a pearlescent blue Money is worthless, everything’s free Endless supplies of sweet cinnamon tea

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Dung beetle studies

  The Fauna Forever intern program receives many applications for students interested in completing a research project with us in the rainforest. One of our applicants this year was Kate. Kate came to Fauna Forever for 2 months and completed a research project on dung beetles in the Tambopata. In this interview she explains what […]

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Caiman in San Antonio

“Nothing goes as planed”, “You cant plan your week”, “Tell me this morning” are all phrases that I heard frequently this field phase. It is because when you are in the jungle, nothing, no matter how structured, goes as planed. This was probably the most important lesson learned this phase. Not only is it true […]

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Caiman abundance in Tambopata

The Fauna Forever intern program receives many applications for students interested in completing a research project with us in the rainforest. One of our applicants this year was Ruben. Ruben came to Fauna Forever for 2 months and completed a research project on caiman in the Tambopata area. In this interview he explains what he […]

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Cusco, trekking and Machu Picchu

In between two of the field phases I had enough time to take off from the jungle and travel around Peru. So one of our volunteers, the Bird team coordinator and I left for the high altitudes of Cusco. Cusco is an absolutely amazing city, there is nothing quite like it. I have never enjoyed roaming […]

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A Dual Sighting – by Brian Crnobrna

A dual sighting. There are some transects that are totally boring when you don’t find anything. On most transects you find a few common species and move on to the next. Then there are transects when you see truly unique and amazing animals. Still other transects are plagued with so many little problems that it […]

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Fauna Forever Meets Lifeworks to Improve Ecotourism for Local Amazon Community – by David Johnston & James Mailer

Asociación Fauna Forever, together with Lifeworks, an organisation which creates opportunities for teenagers from around the world to volunteer abroad, teamed up at the end of July (2010) with two main aims: to help young students experience the beauty and at times harsh reality of life in the Amazon and also, to help one particular […]

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My Time in the Amazon – by Ian Rowbotham

My time in the Amazon solidified a life-long passion for conservation, and serves as a foundational experience that I can draw from for energy and direction in the future. On lighter terms, it was also an absolute blast and although the time flew by faster than I would have hoped, I could spend days reflecting […]

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An Interview with Researcher Mary Dinsmore – by Laura Wells

28-08-2010. Laura Wells (Fauna Forever intern) interviewed Mary Dinsmore, a researcher stationed at the Amazon Conservation Association’s research station in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon, named CICRA: Name: Mary Dinsmore From: Omaha, Nebraska  

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A Behavioural Study of Pristimantis & Phyllomedusa – by William Howell

Hi there, Will from UEA again. When I decided to make the journey to Peru and volunteer with FFT a big influence came from hearing about the support they offer to students conducting final year research projects. Being offered the opportunity to collect data for my dissertation in such a remarkable and unique study location, […]

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Interview with Chris Kirkby

Intern Laura interviewed Fauna Forever’s principal investigator and director, Chris Kirby, on the 5th of September 2010, while he spent a few days with us in Puerto Maldonado. Laura: Hi Chris! Chris: Hi Laura! Laura: Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me. Let’s start with where are you from? Chris: No problem. […]

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Herp Haunts of the Amazon – by Brian Crnobrna

To answer the most simple of questions regarding Amazon herping, I want to take this blog to outline all the places one should look in order to find reptiles and amphibians.  It is the most common question I receive, since many people are understandably overwhelmed by the rainforest habitat, and despite all the things that […]

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Only 984 Hours to Remember the Rest of My Life – by Madison Wise

The Amazon region of Madre de Dios is home to a little over a hundred different species of amphibians, so for me, coming here and being a part of this program has been a life-long dream finally birthed into fruition. If there was a way of putting into words the ecstaticm I feel every day, […]

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