Tag Archive for: volunteer

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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A Multi-Sensory Experience – by Primate Research Intern Megan LaFollette

Taken from her own blog (click here to go there now), this is a beautifully written post from our Primate Team Intern, Megan LaFollette.   One of the reasons that working with Fauna Forever in the jungle is so incredibly satisfying and fantastic is because of how many senses of a person it satisfies. When […]

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Fauna Forever Blog 1 by Matt de Couto

Phase 1 First of all I’ll explain the phases.  We are spending most of our time in the field in ARCC (Amazon Research and Conservation Centre).  It’s currently a tourist lodge based along the Las Piedras River in Madre de Dios.  To get there from The Fauna Forever house based in Puerto Maldonado it takes […]

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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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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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Juice the dog

I wandered through the market one day collecting the usual staples for the Fauna Forever house and rounded a corner, finding myself face to face with a pair of dogs. Through some of my errands I had found myself in a veterinarians office earlier that day talking about spaying and neutering in the area. The […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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