Conservation and Environment in Peru: Monthly Updates
Monthly Updates from 2018
With the rains now a distant memory the forest is drying up. Food becomes scarcer and animals and plants go into survival mode until the rains come again later in the year. This time of year sees the forest not only struggle with lack of water but also the seasonal cold weather spells (friajes) that can cause the temperature to drop as low as 10oC. The first of these friajes to arrive was brutal. Normally just a couple of days the cold lasted well over a week and even when the thick cloud cover finally broke up and the sun blazed through it still took a further ten days for the sweltering heat to return.
We have done it! After 17 years of ongoing research we have identified the 500th species of bird for the Taricaya reserve and, unbelievably, three more were soon to follow thus bringing our total bird list to 503 species. This represents about 5% of all the known species of bird on the planet. In other words, in our relatively tiny area, one of every twenty birds known to man can be found!! If that was not exciting enough we also found a new species of bat and two new species of frog. You would be forgiven for asking how we made so many discoveries in quick succession. The answer is lots of volunteers!!!
It is hard to believe that another year is upon us but 2018 looks to hold plenty of promise for our long standing conservation project deep in the Peruvian Amazon. In January we received our first large group of the year and the extra hands were greatly appreciated as we were able to get a lot done and keep to our demanding schedule. Volunteers and staff alike have been hard at work around the rescue centre, out in the forest and at our farm plot.
Monthly Updates from 2017
On November 5th 2017 Taricaya celebrated its 16th anniversary. It is amazing to see how far we have come in that time and the advances we have made. From a small research centre to a huge animal rescue centre and investigation centre renowned for solid scientific research. Host to international courses and famous film companies, from National Geographic to NHK and the BBC, all the hard work has been worth it as we continue to grow in both stature and reputation. Taricaya Ecological Reserve is now known globally as a bio-diversity hotspot and pioneer in the rehabilitation and release of animals back into the wild. None of this would have been possible without the help of industrious volunteers guided by professional and dedicated staff.
The rains have started to fall bringing much needed relief and rejuvenation to the forest. This signals a time of plenty as trees start to produce fruits and animals give birth to coincide with the availability of more food. Longer days and cooler temperatures mean that whole jungle seems more alive and it is a great time to experience the Amazon and its diversity of wildlife. With such an explosion of activity it is no surprise that we have captured some spectacular footage on our motion sensor cameras. Animals that we have not seen for a long time and even a new species for the reserve. Elsewhere, the birth of hundreds of baby turtles and the release of many animals back into the wild has made the last few weeks truly memorable.
With the arrival of our busy season volunteers congregated from all over the world to participate in our many projects deep in the Peruvian Amazon. It is a great time of year to be in the jungle as the rivers drop and huge beaches appear welcoming annual migrant birds such as storks and skimmers. The turtles haul themselves up on to the beaches to lay their precious eggs and animals become more active as they wander the forest in search of food as the dry season takes its toll. With so many helping hands and visits from old friends it has been a very successful couple of months and plenty to report on…
My apologies for taking so long to bring you the latest news from Taricaya and our jungle paradise. We have been incredibly busy and time has flown by as we continue to conserve and protect our piece of the Amazon, the world’s richest ecosystem. These past weeks we have restarted our motion camera survey, with astonishing results; continued our biodiversity research, received a visit from a National Geographic film crew and much more. As usual, where to begin?
With the New Year the rainy season has arrived with a vengeance. The rainforest was suffering as a result of an abnormally dry end to last year and so plants and animals alike are rejuvenated as heavy rains fell. This is a vibrant time of year to walk through the jungle as many birds are nesting, animals come together for protection as food is now abundant and frogs chirp out mating and territory calls over freshly filled swamps.
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