Conservation and Environment in Peru: Monthly Updates
Monthly Updates from 2013
On 5th November Taricaya Research Centre celebrated its 12th anniversary. Since the project’s conception in 2001 we have received close to 1800 volunteers and looking back over the years I am simply overwhelmed by the dedication and hard work from both staff and volunteers alike.
This is always an interesting time of year in the rainforest as cold weather is not uncommon, rains are infrequent and animals begin courtship and mating so that their young are born to coincide with the start of the bountiful wet season. In other words, the jungle becomes noisy and almost frenetic as animals search constantly for both food and a mate!
As we reached the busiest time of year in the jungle with all beds taken at Taricaya it was no surprise that we got a huge amount done in the last few weeks. As the rains disappeared and water levels dropped, the rainforest becomes a very harsh environment for so many of its residents. Water becomes scarcer, competition fiercer and animals must travel greater distances just to find enough food to survive.
Welcome to the latest from the Peruvian Amazon and what news I have for you all this time. The liberation of our third group of spider monkeys (Ateles chamek), our bird list surpassing 450 species, the sensor camera survey capturing on film a magnificent puma (Puma concolor), new arrivals to the animal release program and continued work on our two farm plots.
What an amazing couple of months in the Amazon rainforest. We have installed our new sensor cameras, released several animals back into the wild, opened up our mist nets and continued to work on our new farm plot downriver…With numbers on the rise there has been no shortage of willing hands and we have made some great advances these last few weeks.
What a start to the New Year as the river comes just inches from bursting its banks, we released several of our longest standing residents in the rescue centre, much-needed maintenance work has been undertaken around the camp, many new plants have been sewn at the new farm and tons of gravel have been hauled into the centre to help protect our trails around the rescue centre.