Conservation and Environment in Peru: Monthly Updates
Monthly Updates from 2008
It is the end of yet another fantastic year at Taricaya and with a record breaking 140 volunteers to visit us this year we have pushed forward so many of our projects it is a real tribute to all volunteers and staff. However, before I look back over the last twelve months there is still plenty to report for December itself and I shall start with the animal rescue centre as there is some great news there.
As we draw towards the end of another great year at Taricaya it would be understandable if we were to ease our foot of the pedal thinking in a well earned break and recharging the batteries for 2009. Nonetheless, we have been working as hard as ever and I can report on yet another fantastic set of achievements over the last few weeks.
As the rains continue to hold off work has continued and it is with great pleasure that I can announce a record breaking year in the turtle repopulation project. Not only have we smashed our record for live hatchlings here at Taricaya but our pilot program with the Ese'eja natives of the Palma Real community has proved to be a huge success also.
It is hard to believe that the time has come for another update from Taricaya and September has seen us improving and modifying the installations of the animal rescue centre including the completion of a fantastic new cage for Preciosa.
It's time for the latest from Taricaya and, unsurprisingly, there is a lot to report on as we received our second group of two week specials, continued our nightly patrols of the turtle beach, worked hard on our animal cages and much more...
I must first apologise for the delay in getting this news out to you all but as you will see as you read on we have been incredibly busy and have reached new highs in volunteer numbers to the point whereby we had to build a new bungalow just to give everyone a bed! So as always my dilemma is where to begin as the last couple of months have been packed with adventure, hard work and enthusiasm.
May has been a month of great excitement with the implementation of our first initiative at the Ese'eja community of Palma Real, a visit from an old friend of Taricaya, Mauricio Ugarte, the commencement of our first in depth botanical investigation and some breathtaking wildlife sightings around the reserve.
This month at Taricaya has been one of ups and downs with some excellent advances in some of our longer standing projects but some very sad news about our resident tapir, Winnie. I shall start with the bad news before moving on to happier reports.
As water levels started to return to their normal levels it was back to business at Taricaya and March was a month filled with new projects, unexpected adventures and plenty of hard work to measure. I shall start this month with the arrival of Hugo Zamora from Arequipa.
This month we have had what can only be described as an unwanted adventure as the heavens opened and the river rose to unprecedented levels leaving Taricaya underwater and forcing the volunteers to Puerto Maldonado for a week's evacuation. This was the second time in Taricaya's history that such catastrophe has struck but fortunately the water did not rise as high as the flood levels of 2003.
2008 promises to be yet another year of successes on our conservation project out in the Peruvian Amazon. Last year ended on a high with the official recognition of our on-going work with rescued animals and the completion of our GPS map covering all the trails in the reserve so we had plenty of momentum as we moved into the New Year.