Tag Archive for: Tambopata

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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Out of the Airplane Window – Travel from Canada to Peru – by Research Intern Pat Champagne

I began my journey in Moncton, New Brunswick, a city 30 minutes from my hometown of Sackville. As I hauled my hockey bag-suitcase out of the van I began regretting the five pieces of luggage I required for my eight-month stay in Peru. With all this luggage, I appeared awkward and cumbersome compared to Sam, […]

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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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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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Video of Herpetofauna Team Catching Young 2.5 meter Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)

. Fauna Forever volunteers working in the Las Piedras area of Tambopata in Peru’s Amazon Rainforest caught a juvenile Anaconda. The team of herpetofauna experts and volunteers were able to take important research data and observations about the animal before releasing it safely back into the wild. Caught by: Brian Crnobrna Age: Juvenile Sex: Female […]

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Video of Volunteer Cindy King Exploring Peru’s Rainforest in Silence

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS VIDEO HAS NO SOUND. With little or no ability to hear, Cindy King from Oregon, a volunteer on the Fauna Forever-Tambopata National Reserve Program, discovers the rainforest in silence, using her heightened sense of sight to locate animals during wildlife monitoring. In this interview with Research Coordinator, Lucy Dablin, Cindy shares […]

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First Days in the Jungle – by Patrick Champagne, Canada

On May 7th I left Canada with three heavy bags and a craving for adventure that could only be satisfied by exploring dangerous jungles with a machete and a compass. Actually, it was nothing like that. I was nervous and dreaded the 24 hours of travel that I was about to begin. The trip was […]

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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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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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Diary Excerpts – by Melissa Chang

Day 1 – 07/06/10 So travelling started by being late to the airport. My dad said he’ll take me but as usual we ended up having a super long breakfast and left late, went through Lima’s gross streets which are all blocked by either cars or constructions that make you want to walk the distance […]

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