Tag Archive for: rainforest

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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Appearance of Uncontacted Indigenous Groups in Rio Las Piedras – The Need for Action – by Rob Williams (Frankfurt Zoological Society)

Taken from www.zgf.de and written by Rob Williams The last three days have seen an incredible thing happen in SE Peru. Some 60-80 indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation (often called “uncontacted”) have appeared on the Las Piedras River, on the beaches opposite the village of Monte Salvado. They are considered to be of Mashco Piro […]

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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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Corresponding with Caiman – by FF Journalist Giles Crosse

Patrick Champagne, a Fauna Forever researcher, is set to carry out a groundbreaking study into population densities of Paleosuchus trigonatus, a widely distributed species of caiman found in South America. “Unlike other crocodilians there have been insufficient resources applied to the study of this species. Most of the literature on this species derives from studies […]

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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 Truth About Gold – A School Paper by Sofia Prado (FF Intern)

“Gold is a child of Zeus, neither moth nor rust devoureth it, but the mind of man is devoured by this supreme possession.” -Pindar, fifth century BCE Gold has been a symbol of wealth and power since the first gleam was caught by the human eye.  Wedding rings, Olympic medals, crowns, Oscars, Grammys, money, no […]

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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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Camera Trapping in the Amazon

 Lucy Dablin, queen of camera traps in Tambopata gives us her best tips for camera trapping in the jungle -Lucy has experimented with a camera grid system and double pairing of cameras to catch spots on individual animals like jaguars, ocelots and more, as well as animals with distinctive scars and markings. Set the sensitivity […]

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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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Memories from a Jungle Town

The time is approaching when I shall be saying farewell to Fauna Forever, to Puerto Maldonado with its dusty streets, tree-lined plazas and millions of motorbikes, to the project house with its airy rooms and cool stone floors, to the lush green jungle full of mystery and unknown sights and sounds, and to my family […]

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Hot Spots – by Brian Crnobrna

Somewhere deep in the canyons of your mind you may remember the last edition of “how to herp in the Amazon,” in which I mentioned some of the best habitats and places in a rainforest to view reptiles and amphibians (leaves, trunks, vines, ant nests, and buttresses).  While these are all good tips, the reality […]

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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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An Interview with Ashley Anne Wick (FFT Insect Team Coordinator) – by Laura Wells

Intern Laura interviewed our Insect Team Coordinator Ashley on the 3rd of September 2010, and discovered everything about her work here with Fauna Forever Tambopata, as well as her funniest and scariest moments in the jungle. Name: Ashley Anne Wick From: Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Ashley: Hi Laura! Laura: Hi Ashley. Thanks for taking the time […]

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A Misadventure, and a Shining Moment – by Brian Crnobrna

(This is a relation of an event that didn’t really happen to me, but definitely deserves to be on this blog.  All names have been changed to characters from Lost.) There are moments in life when one has to react without thinking, and when the stakes are high enough even basic communication becomes crystal clear […]

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