Useful info and resources

Los Amigos Biological Station (known by its Spanish acronym CICRA (Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Rio Los Amigos)) is in southeast Peru, and is where I spent many months collecting data for my PhD. It’s a fantastic station with wonderful facilities and access to all sorts of different habitats. There are also oxbow lakes to explore, with resident giant otters, and a swamp with resident anacondas.

Cocha Cashu Biological Station is the stuff of legends for those like me who haven’t visited. It’s situated in the Manu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the highest biodiversity on the planet. I hope to visit one day.

Tiputini Biodiversity Station gives Cocha Cashu a run for its money in terms of most biodiverse place in the world, situated in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador, and is another one on my wish list of places to visit.

Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) runs CICRA and two other research sites in the lowland and Andean cloudforest in Peru, as well as in Amazonian savannas in Bolivia.  ACA focuses on scientific research, the direct protection of critical habitats, the sustainable use of natural resources, and education.

Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organisation that campaigns for the protection of the rainforest and the rights of its indigenous people.

Amazon Aid Foundation describe their mission as one of raising awareness through multi-media educational materials, and assisting organisations that are in a position to address the various issues facing the Amazon. Their collaborations with scientists, artists, musician and filmmakers can bring the Amazon rainforest to a wider audience. They also run AcreCare, where it is possible to adopt all, or part, of an acre of rainforest in the Los Amigos concession, ensuring its protection for 40 years.

Mongabay is a brilliant source of rainforest, environmental, and conservation science news.

Primates Peru is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the study and conservation of primates in southeast Perú, a brilliant project run by Mrinalini Watsa for her PhD research. Sign up to their newsletter for news from the field, or volunteer to chase monkeys in the rainforest with them.

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