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News from the Rainforest: Taricaya’s End of Year Report

Canopy Walkway

This year has just flown by. This time last year at Taricaya the canopy walkway was still a distant dream; the mahogany project was generally viewed as a folly, unaccepted by the majority, and the animal release program was still in its infancy. How quickly things have advanced over the last twelve months. We have successfully hatched our first turtle eggs, over 6,000 thousand mahogany saplings germinated, the canopy walkway was successfully opened in February and we have released many animals into our reserve.

As 2004 progressed it was with great pleasure that I watched so many of these projects finally come to fruition. And it’s all down to the hard work of volunteers and staff alike over this and the previous years


I am pleased to report that we are now in the final stage of our application and when I present the technical report that the government has requested we should finally be awarded the 480 hectares of the Reserva Ecologica Taricaya. The reserve is a culmination of the work of every volunteer we have received at Taricaya because the data collected from the observation walks, platforms, canoe observations and canopy walkway has made the reserve possible.

All that remains is for me to wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year and thank all the volunteers and staff alike for the hard work that made 2004 so successful. To those of you who are future volunteers let’s make 2005 even better still!

Stuart Timson
Conservation Manager,
Peru, Reserva Ecologica Taricaya,
30th December 2004

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