Conservation and Environment in Peru: Monthly Updates
Monthly Updates from 2007
As 2007 comes to an end it is time to look back on a truly amazing year here in the Amazon with numerous successes, various new projects and also some mistakes to learn from. Still it is perhaps the final piece of news from this year that gives me the most pleasure to report. Reserva Ecolgica Taricaya is now the first official animal sanctuary in Peru.
After a record year in the collection phase of our turtle project, we keenly awaited the hatching of our first nests. We were very confident that we would have our highest number of hatchlings yet and we were not disappointed. With a grand total of 992 baby turtles the record was smashed and all the hard work over the summer months was justified.
The time has come for the latest from the Peruvian Amazon and as ever I have plenty to report. September has seen us finish the mist netting surveys; receive new residents in the animal release program, the completion of the first phases of the new dining room construction and much more.
August has come and gone and as usual there has been lots of progress in the jungle with some exciting sightings around the reserve, new additions to the animal release program, the completion of the collection phase of the turtle project and much more. Once again the problem lies in where to start...
July 2007 saw the arrival of our first 2-week special volunteers, the commencement of the turtle project, a trip to the world famous Tambopata macaw lick and the continued advancement of our ongoing projects. The problem, as usual, is where to start?
Once again it is time to bring you all up to date on the latest from the Taricaya Research Centre and, as usual, the problem is knowing where to start. Firstly I would like to report that we have had our 100th booking for 2007 and so we are on track to reaching our highest numbers in any given year since the centre's conception in 2001.
May has been another full month with plenty to report on from around the reserve and also further a field as Mauricio and I headed off to Venezuela to the VIII Neo-tropical Ornithological Conference. I shall start with my trip to Maturin, Venezuela before reporting on the goings-on back home in the jungle.
Another exciting announcement is that we have officially fulfilled all the requisites to become an official animal rescue centre and in the coming months Taricaya will be announced the first sanctuary of its kind in Peru.
It seems like only yesterday that I was writing the last update but as usual there is a huge amount to report on from the Peruvian Amazon. Before tackling all the latest news from our ongoing projects I am proud to announce the completion of our third and fourth bungalows at the centre and I am very grateful to the more artistic volunteers who have already decorated the new constructions with fantastic jungle animals and forest scenes.
February saw the arrival of our 500th volunteer at Taricaya and that made the month special to those of us who have been involved in the project from its infancy. As the Taricaya family continues to expand, I am still constantly amazed by the dedication and commitment of volunteers at the centre as they create their own part of Taricaya's history.
As is customary at the start of each year I would like to outline our goals for 2007 at the Taricaya Research Centre. As volunteer numbers continue to rise I am confident that this year we will maintain our strong work ethic and that we will do past volunteers proud as we continue their legacy of endeavour and dedication.