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Baby Ocelot TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE: JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014
My apologies for the delay in getting you the latest news from the Peruvian Amazon but as you will soon discover 2014 has not been the kindest to us over the last few weeks. However before I talk about the freakish storms and torrential rain I would like to start on a great high and a fantastic way to start the New Year….

Three toed sloth TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE: NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 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.

Wild Jaguar interacting with Preciosa TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE: SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013
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! These natural cycles and basic instincts have been manifested in Taricaya by one of the most bizarre set of circumstances I have witnessed in over 15 years in the jungle.

Eggs all ready for journey to Taricaya TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE: JULY/AUGUST 2013
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. This is good news for us though as animals on the move are easier to spot and we have had some great sightings on the trails and recorded by the sensor cameras. Elsewhere we completed the new puma enclosure, built a new observation platform, started the turtle project, visited Palm Real and much more…!

Howler monkey happy in new enclosure TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE: MAY/JUNE 2013
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. This is just some of what has been going on over the last few weeks.

Howler monkey happy in new enclosure TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE: APRIL/MAY 2013
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.

Howler monkey happy in new enclosure TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE: JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013
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.

Howler monkey happy in new enclosure TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE: NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012
What a spectacular end to our busiest year yet at Taricaya! As the rains finally return with a vengeance we are celebrating the birth of a young male tapir, our highest survival rate on the turtle project ever, new species for our biodiversity data, brilliant progress with our new enclosures and, to top it all, some last minute reservations have taken our total number of volunteers received in 2012 to over 250! It seems that this year has flown by in a blur but as I look back over the last 12 months I am very proud of all that we have achieved. As the project continues to grow and expand we have carefully managed all our projects and not spread ourselves too thin.

Brown Capuchin awaiting release TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE: SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012
Once again it is time for the latest from the jungle and there is no shortage of amazing news and excitement from Taricaya. However, with the rains holding off still the forest is very dry for this time of year and I can only hope that this is not another repercussion of global climate change and that the heavens will open soon.  A dry “rainy” season can cause many problems in the rainforest as almost all species of animal and plant have evolved to reproduce during this relative time of abundance. Lack of water or a late arrival of the rains can upset the very delicate ecosystem and have catastrophic consequences. Fingers crossed the rains come soon!

Blue-Black Grassquit TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE: JULY/AUGUST 2012
As we approach the end of our busiest summer ever it is time to take a step back and look at everything we have achieved over the last few weeks. But before we review all the hard work, I must report on a great milestone for Taricaya as on 2nd August we received volunteer number 1500 on the project. Over the last decade every single volunteer has left their mark on the project and has helped in the conservation of the Amazon rainforest.

Wild Freshwater Turtles! TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : Spring 2012 (April / May / June)
My apologies for such a long delay in getting you updated on the latest from the Peruvian Amazon. A long business trip, a lodge full to bursting and exciting expansion plans have meant time has just flown by and I will try and do justice to all that has been going on over the last three months. With just one month’s news a starting point proves elusive, with three times as much, nigh impossible. I shall simply try and carry on from where I left off last time and hope nothing gets omitted!

Noisy cacique sings from the canopy TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : March 2012
It is an exciting time in the jungle as we reach the end of the wet season and as the river levels finally start to recede we can take stock and really get back out into the reserve without the threat of heavy storms and torrential rain on a daily basis.

Phylomedusa Treefrog TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : February 2012
As the heavens opened here in Peru it was a nervous few weeks deep in the rainforest as the rivers swelled and threatened to burst their banks. As other parts of the country suffered flash floods and localised states of emergency we were lucky at Taricaya with the river failing to flood by a matter of inches as the rainy season hit in earnest. Our often languid river,

Newly Arrived Spider Monkey TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : January 2012
With the start of a new year there comes a sense of anticipation and 2012 promises to be very exciting here in the Amazon rainforest. With volunteer participation increasing every year I am sure that we shall welcome record breaking numbers this year. That is fantastic news for the program and enables me to set challenging goals and optimistic new projects for the upcoming months. However, before we get too carried away, we must first endure the wet season and the chaos the heavy storms can cause in the forest.

Blue Morpho Butterfly TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : December 2011
As another year comes to a close it is immensely satisfying to look back over our accomplishments from the last 12 months. With the help and dedication of 242 volunteers, 2011 has flown by and we have made huge progress in so many of our projects and new discoveries in our biodiversity research. However, before taking a look back at these fantastic achievements, we have been working hard this month also and with a record number of volunteers spending Christmas with us, this December has been one of our most productive ever!

Morpho achilles TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : November 2011
It is with great pride and satisfaction that I am writing this latest update as November 5th saw us celebrate our ten year anniversary here at the Taricaya Research Centre. In those ten years we have received 1324 volunteers and with the help of each last one we have been able to accomplish so much in our efforts to help save the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. I feel it is appropriate to thank each and every one of you who have joined us during the last decade and whose motivation and hard work have made all the projects possible. I would also like to thank all of our staff members who have put their heart and soul into the project and whose dedication is infectious and good humour contagious. May the next ten years bring even more people to our little patch of paradise and enable us continue the battle to save the Amazon rainforest

Morpho achilles TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : September/october 2011
My apologies for the delay in getting back to you all with the comings and goings at our research centre in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. With so much going on time just seems to fly by and before I knew it I have two months worth of news to report and little time to do it in. A great problem as far as our project’s success goes, slightly more demanding on a personal front trying to fit everything in! As we continue to grow and develop more ideas the snowball effect means that we need more and more people to get everything done and fortunately we are smashing our record for number of volunteers this year and that means one thing- achieving so much more!

Taste of Freedom TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE :August2011
As the dry season continues, river levels drop and food becomes scarcer around the rainforest. It is a difficult time for the animals as they must forage over larger areas spreading out through the forest and making themselves more vulnerable to predators both natural and human! The latter is not a factor at Taricaya as our hard work over the last ten years has kept poaching to a minimum and whilst we did hear shots in the area this month it was the work of a new family who had moved in down river and we soon spoke to them and warned them not to cross into the reserve. So it was business as usual and with close to forty volunteers we were able to achieve a great deal.

Taste of Freedom TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE :June/July 2011
Once again it is time to bring you all up to date on the latest from our research centre deep in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. It has been a while since I last reported our news and that is simply a result of so much going on and with over 40 people, staff and volunteers combined, working full time around the reserve we have achieved a great deal.

Jaguar TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : May 2011
It has been a very productive month at Taricaya with all beds taken and many pairs of hands willing to tackle the hard work week in week out. As usual there is plenty to report on including a fantastic sighting of a juvenile jaguar sitting on the river bank! We have received some new animals in the rescue centre, released two macaws, started working on the new quarantine enclosures, opened our mist nets, continued to work hard on the pilot farm and much more....

Yellow throated bat TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : April 2011
As the rains move on and the river starts to drop dramatically it is the start of a special time of year in the rainforest as the swamp levels start to fall and we can once again start to move more freely all over the reserve. Animals still find plenty of food available but now they start searching for mates so that the young will be born to coincide with the beginning of the next wet season.

Little yellow eared bat TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : March 2011
What a great month in the Amazon as the rains finally eased off and allowed us to tackle many projects simultaneously. With all beds full and volunteers eager to do their part we have managed to progress in our biodiversity research with many new discoveries for the reserve, we have started the new spider monkey cage, the mammal census has continued with some great sightings, the pilot farm saw us clearing reforestation transects and so much more. The comforting dilemma is where to start and this month I will begin with the field of herpetology

Spectacular dwarf Caiman TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : February 2011
Whilst February is the shortest month of the year it is no surprise to have a headache as to where to begin as we have been working hard on several different fronts over the recent weeks. Our emphasis has been on the exciting new mammal census, the new turtle house and large scale clearing and recovery work on the pilot farm.

Channel-billed Toucan from Mist Netting TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : January 2011
With a new year come new challenges and 2011 promises to be our most exciting yet as we continue to evolve; improving and expanding our existing projects whilst designing and implementing new ones. January has been an exciting time for everybody and as soon as the festive period finished volunteers started flooding in eager to work hard and do their bit in conserving the Amazon rainforest. The heavy storms and violent downpours could do nothing to dampen spirits and once again I have the enviable task of where to begin...

Back where they belong TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : November/December 2010
Before bringing you the latest from the depths of the Amazon I must apologise for the delay but so much has been going on that time has flown by. The wet season threatens to arrive with a vengeance and we have been busy all around the reserve as the last of the baby turtles hatched, building started on the reptile house, visits from old friends, new acquaintances and much more. The usual dilemma presents itself of where to start and the completion of the turtle project seems as good a place as ever to begin.

Newly hatched Owl Butterfly TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : October 2010
As the rains finally threaten and temperatures soar to highs of close to 40°C in the shade it has been a tough month at Taricaya but the heat and humidity have not prevented us from achieving great successes over the recent weeks. With volunteer numbers still high we have been able to progress on many different fronts and there have been successes in many of our projects including the butterfly house, turtle project and rescue centre. However the big news this month is the successful release of our adult spider monkey troop back into the wild!!!

New Scarlet Macaw TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : September 2010
Once again it is time to bring you up to date on the latest from our research centre in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. September has seen the continuation of the drought which has besieged the whole of South America and I cannot remember ever seeing the river so low at this time of year. All we can do is wait and hope that the rains arrive eventually bringing much needed relief to the forest and all its residents. Every morning we awake to a fine mist of smoke caused by the huge fires from large scale farms both in Peru and neighbouring Brazil and Bolivia.

Tapirs Enjoying Their Old Pool TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : August 2010
As the river continued to drop and the rains show no signs of arriving it has been a hard month working under a scorching sun and dealing with countless sand flies but with the lodge still at capacity, August has proved to be another highly productive month. We have been camping every night on the turtle beach, strung up our mist nets, continued to improve the rescue centre, battled on with clearing the trails and finished the pre-release enclosure for the resident spider monkeys and much more..

TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : July 2010
It seems that every month when I start writing these reports I begin by commenting on how much we have achieved at Taricaya but, if it is possible, then July has been one of our most productive months ever here in the Peruvian rainforest. With the lodge bursting at its seams and everybody keen to get stuck in it has been an amazing few weeks. We have discovered many new species for the reserve; collected the first turtle nests;

TARICAYA RESEARCH CENTRE : June 2010
This month in the rainforest has been labour intensive as we concentrated on filling the artificial turtle beaches with sand and continued to clear the extensive network of trails. It was not all sweat and toil however as we had a couple of exciting caiman hunts and some great wildlife encounters also. This all mixed in with the everyday projects based at the centre made June fly by and as numbers climb to close to thirty volunteers I am excited by how much we are achieving and the potential to accomplish even more over the coming weeks and months. The comforting problem is, as I have come to expect, where to begin?

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update April/May 2010
I must apologise for the delay in getting the latest news to you from the centre as a work trip overseas and a brief vacation meant that I was away from Taricaya for close to five weeks. Needless to say, the work continued and with volunteer numbers increasing with the approach of our busy season there has been a lot achieved over the last couple of months. The usual dilemma, where to begin?

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update March 2010
The hardest part of compiling these updates every month is finding where to start and as our volunteer numbers have increased again this month I am faced once again with the same dilemma. March has seen us hard at work on rebuilding work in the rescue centre, mist-netting, trail monitoring and another visit from a film crew, this time a BBC team from the Natural History Unit.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update February 2010
It seems that each month when I sit down to start writing these updates it becomes ever more difficult to find suitable superlatives to describe the levels of endeavour and dedication from everyone involved with the Taricaya Research Centre and February has been no exception. This month we have done some extensive maintenance work around the lodge, improved our rescue centre, continued our monitoring of the reserve’s wildlife, spent many hours working on the pilot farm....and much more.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update January 2010
As 2010 kicks in we are up and running quickly with plenty of news and progress from our base deep in the Amazon rainforest. The expected heavy rains have been unpredictable and river levels have been rising and falling almost on a daily basis but the dangerous flash floods experienced elsewhere in Peru over recent weeks have not reached us here at Taricaya and I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will continue to be lucky over the coming weeks. My usual predicament is where to begin as there have been some great successes this month and a very pleasant surprise for everyone at the lodge with the visit of a very famous television star to film a piece for the upcoming Earth Day on Sky, the UK’s main cable network.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update December 2009
Looking back over the last twelve months it is amazing to see how much we achieved this year. With a record breaking 180 volunteers visiting us in 2009 we have pushed so many different projects forward with truly remarkable results and all the success is a reflection of the dedication of the entire team at the centre. The combination of our staff's knowledge and expertise coupled with an excellent work ethic from everyone who stayed at the lodge has made this year one to remember. However, before looking back over the highlights of the year there is still plenty to report for this month alone and so I shall start there...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update November 2009
As the seasonal storms hit in earnest it was a case of buckling under and making the most of the clear spells in a month where we released the last of our baby turtles, hosted the first bird banding course in Peru, captured a new species of snake for Taricaya and received some new additions to the animal rescue centre.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update October 2009
As the rainy season threatens October has seen the hatching and release of our first baby turtles; the completion of the new accommodation block; a visit from a film crew; mist netting; new botanical discoveries; advances in the animal rescue centre and general maintenance around the reserve.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update August/September 2009
This report from Taricaya will bring you all up to date on what has been happening over the last couple of months. Personally, I went on vacation for a couple of weeks and with some major overhauling going on at the centre time has flashed by and so I shall report on the last eight weeks together. As usual my dilemma is where to start with so many projects advancing and the hard work of everyone involved with the project producing such fantastic results.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update July 2009
Once again I have a month of hard work and adventure to report on from the depths of the Peruvian Amazon. With the lodge bursting at its seams we have been able to accomplish a huge amount and push forward many of our projects in parallel. The butterfly house moves ever closer to official opening, beach patrols have begun on the turtle project, Mauricio has returned to mist net, modifications have been made around the rescue centre and necessary maintenance has begun around the camp and reserve before the return of the rains later in the year.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update June 2009
The time has come for the latest from Taricaya and even though the weather has been unseasonably wet we have managed to achieve a huge amount with the lodge reaching capacity and everyone working hard as usual. The dilemma, as usual, is where to start!

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update May 2009
It is often hard to know where to begin in these regular updates from the heart of the Amazon but this month our respective diversity studies must take the fore after some truly amazing discoveries and great sightings. I will start with our herpetology research and whilst our resident expert, Daniel Neira, continues to move his pitfall traps around the reserve it was actually a random encounter on an observation walk that provided the greatest excitement this month.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update April 2009
With the wet season finally drawing to a close and the river starting to drop it was time for a bit of damage control at Taricaya as we headed out onto our extensive trail system to assess the condition of our more distant trails that had been hard to reach previously.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update March 2009
March has seen us weather yet more ferocious storms but work has continued and there is much to report on as ever. New residents have arrived in the rescue centre; construction has begun on the butterfly house, the laboratory and workshop have been built and there have been many exciting sightings around the reserve.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update February 2009
As the rains continue to bombard us and water levels continue to rise, it has been a tough month to gather any momentum but the enforced breaks for the weather have meant even more enthusiasm when we have been able to get out in the field and as usual there is plenty to look back on and report. Our plant and bird lists continue to grow, the completion of a new enclosure in the rescue centre has come at a crucial time, a series of new lectures, a trip to work at Palma Real and much more have quickly filled this, the shortest month of the year.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update January 2009
The New Year is off to a spectacular start with a series of storms that has brought the wet season in with a bang. Thunder, lightning and sheets of rain have been lashing down on us almost constantly since I last kept you updated. The forest needed rain and now as the river surges past the lodge I hope that the ecosystem can recover from an unusually dry 2008.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update December 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.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update November 2008
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.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update October 2008
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. Elsewhere we have been working hard around the centre with some new aquariums and terrariums, repairs to our older bridges and some fantastic sightings around the reserve.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update September 2008
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. Elsewhere we have been very happy to welcome back our botany expert Daniel Medina as we continue to investigate the flora of the reserve and work around the centre has included the continuation of our trail evaluation and plenty of graft at the pilot farm also.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update August 2008
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...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update June/July 2008
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.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update May 2008
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.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update April 2008
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.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update March 2008
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.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update February 2008
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.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update January 2008
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. As usually happens around this time of year we had just a few volunteers over the holidays but as January progressed we slowly grew in numbers and by the middle of the month we were at fighting strength once again!

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update December 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.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update October/November 2007
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. In fact we had so many youngsters that the turtle pool from previous years was dangerously overcrowded.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update September 2007
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.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update August 2007
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...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update July 2007
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?

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update June 2007
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.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update May 2007
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.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update April 2007
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. The paperwork and bureaucracy of the Peruvian government have been painfully slow over the years but we have persevered, adapted to the observations, both sound and ridiculous, we received on each evaluation and the hard work has finally paid off.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update March 2007
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.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update February 2007
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. This month was no different to any other with more than enough work to keep us all busy and plenty more left to be done!

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update January 2007
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. Every year the bar is raised and my expectations are surpassed as we overcome the many obstacles we face, be they natural or political! I see 2007 as a year for consolidation of the longer-standing projects and for the formation of some new initiatives also.

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update December 2006
It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of yet another year and once again it will be difficult to do justice to all the hard work performed during 2006. As we await the arrival of our 500th volunteer in January 2007 I have become quite nostalgic and struggle to grasp the magnitude of our achievements in the rainforest...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update October / November 2006
There has been an unusually long break between the last report and this one due to my travels to other Projects Abroad conservation projects but I hope I can do all the hard work performed in my four week absence justice. The question, as always, is where to start? ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update September 2006
As expected numbers rose again in September enabling a lot of hard work at the centre but also plenty of fun with a trip to the world-famous Tambopata clay-lick (or colpa). With the termination of the collection phase of the turtle project everyone was ready for a bit of a break before putting our fingers back to the grindstone and an ideal escape was a four day expedition up the Tambopata River ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update August 2006
It gives me great pleasure to bring you all up to date again with the latest from Taricaya and the jungle news. I mentioned in last month's report that August would see us back patrolling the river beaches for turtle nests (Podocnemis unifilis) amongst other projects and with a temporary fall in numbers, for the middle part of the month, the remaining volunteers have worked especially hard to keep everything running on schedule ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update July 2006
Unbelievably another month has flown by and as usual I am very excited to report on our latest goings-on from the depths of the rainforest. July in previous years has seen our numbers start to fall off but not this year. In keeping with the increased interest in the project, we had record numbers for July this year and this enabled us to keep the momentum going with all the projects currently running at the lodge ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update June 2006
Once again I am amazed how quickly the last four weeks have passed and it is time to bring you up to date with the latest from Taricaya. After our adventures in May it was back to routine at the centre and, as I have come to expect, volunteers and staff alike have been working hard to keep the momentum that has been building this year ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update May 2006
The time has come once again to update you on the latest goings-on at Taricaya but before I start I am pleased to announce that we are set for a record year in the jungle as we have officially received reservation number 115 for 2006 and the number keeps rising. With such huge interest in the project it is hardly surprising that we reached capacity earlier this month and have had to build a new bungalow at the centre to accommodate the extra volunteers ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update April 2006
April has not been one of the best months for me with an unfortunate illness sidelining me for the best part of three weeks but life in the jungle has definitely carried on as normal and the advances made over the last four weeks have been tremendous. The rains that seemed so distant finally fell with a vengeance and the swamps started to fill up to their levels of previous years ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update February/March 2006
The heavy rains promised by the storms earlier in January never materialised and so this wet season has been relatively dry thus enabling us to work without delays over the last couple of months. With the lodge filling up to near capacity and the willingness of the volunteers to get stuck in I have been able to advance much quicker than planned ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update December-January 2006
I must first of all apologise for the delay in bringing you all the latest news from the Peruvian jungle. A trip to the UK for Christmas and the tragic death of Eugenio´s son, Mouglas, meant that December and January were hectic to say the least. I am sure that all of you who know Eugenio will join me in wishing him, and his family, all the best in these difficult times and I am pleased to report that he is back at work and trying to put the tragedy behind him ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update November 2005
November has seen Taricaya particularly active compared to previous years as there has been a relatively large number of volunteers and we have been able to accomplish a lot and keep our momentum going. Work this month has included the continuation of the new reserve-border trails, new additions to the animal release program, work at the pilot farm and trail maintenance ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update October 2005
Yet another month has flown by and here I am again reporting the latest goings on in the Peruvian rainforest. October has been a month for consolidating many projects and preparing ourselves for the imminent wet season. It has started to rain more regularly and the river has now risen to cover the dam causing us to remove the wheel and pump until the levels drop again next May ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update September 2005
The time has come again to bring you up to date with the latest goings on at Taricaya and as usual there is so much to report it is hard to know where to start. September had several successes that saw us finish the first phase of the bird monitoring project; receive some new residents in the animal release program; continue to make improvements at the farm and observation walks gave us some truly amazing sightings ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update August 2005
As I mentioned in my previous report, August was to be dedicated to two specific projects; the continuation of the bird monitoring project and the turtle project. I have spoken at length about the bird monitoring project in previous reports and so would like to take this opportunity to outline our turtle project and the improvements we have made from last year's research ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update July 2005
The month of July has flown by incredibly fast as both staff and volunteers alike have been busy. I am pleased to report that the bird monitoring project is continuing to produce some fascinating finds. I take the volunteers out to the mist nets where we spend the day checking for captures; identifying new species and tagging all the individuals. In twelve full research days we have now captured 146 individuals with over 50 species many of which are new to the reserve ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update June 2005
After the successes of previous months it would seem an improbable task to keep the momentum going but once again Taricaya and its volunteers have worked very hard to produce yet more wonderful breakthroughs ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update April-May 2005
It is with great satisfaction that I am able to report two fantastic breakthroughs at the Taricaya Research Centre over the last eight weeks. Both represent the culmination of long and hard work by both volunteers and staff alike ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update February-March 2005
I must apologise for the delay in producing this latest report, time seems to have escaped me these last few weeks and coupled with illness to staff members and a lot of work behind the scenes with the reserve and exciting new projects I can hardly believe we are already at the start of April ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update January 2005
It always seemed that each January was a bit slower to get going as I received our first volunteers of a new year but this year we have been incredibly busy and the momentum has not been lost. With the New Year I like to start some new initiatives as well as continue with the old ones and I feel it is time that Taricaya moves into a new type of investigation coupled with the older projects. It is nice to move forward and develop new ideas and this year I am going to dedicate ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update November-December 2004
It is hard to believe that 2004 has come to an end because the year has just flown by. This time last year at Taricaya the canopy walkway was still a distant dream; the mahogany project was generally viewed as a folly, unaccepted by the majority, and the animal release program was still in its infancy ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update October 2004
It is with great pleasure that I report to you this month the first successful hatching of our turtle eggs. The young "Taricayas" that we rescued earlier this year finally hatched in October and we now have over twenty baby turtles at the Centre. The young turtles are currently in a man-made pool covered in surface plants that constitute their main diet at this age, they are thriving and we hope to raise them all to a suitable size before release back into the wild ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update September 2004
I am very excited that September has been such a highly productive time at the Taricaya Research Centre and morale is high at the lodge. It is hard to know where to begin so I shall start with updates relating to last months efforts ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update August 2004
August at Taricaya saw us concentrating on two of our projects in particular as it was the right time of year to really get them moving. At the pilot farm the volunteers were kept very busy preparing the nursery beds for the planting of the mahogany seeds. The seeds needed a special bed of damp sawdust covered by a roof of netting to prevent excess light from destroying them (see right). We used the local expertise of a forestry engineer by the name of Gustavo who came to Taricaya ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update June-July 2004
The work at Taricaya over the last couple of months has been to consolidate the major projects that have been so exciting during the first half of the year. The animal release program continues to flourish with the addition of two beautiful White-bellied Parrots (Pionites leucogaster), another young male White-fronted Capuchin (Cebus albifrons) (see right) and one of my personal favourites a female Night monkey (Aotus azarae) (see below) ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update May 2004
May has seen the animal release program advance more than I could have thought possible. We have been operating the program for over two years now and have had some great successes with the release of unwanted pets and confiscated animals but over the last six weeks we have had to work quickly to accommodate our latest arrivals ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update April 2004
If this seems like a photo taken in paradise then you are not far wrong. This is a photo of the sunset over the Tambopata River just below its confluence with the river Candamo. It was taken from our campsite on the last night of our expedition into the world- famous Tambopata- Candamo Reserve in front of the world's largest macaw clay lick ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update March 2004
The month of March has positively flown by and as I look back now it seems hard to believe that we only completed the canopy walkway six weeks ago. Since that time we have had some of our most exciting wildlife sightings to date and whilst it will be impossible to list them all there are some very exciting new additions to our species lists ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update February 2004
The month of February has seen us become the proud owner of the fourth and largest canopy walkway in South America. We now have access to our second platform in a large kapok tree 45 metres above ground!! Many people told us it would not be possible to make the walkway to such a height but here we are with some of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. I have worked in the rainforest now for six years and nothing compares to the sense of awe at being at the top of the canopy ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update January 2004
January heralds the start of another busy year in the Peruvian Amazon not least with annual increase in the number of volunteers coinciding with the start of our high season. Morale is high and the hard work of 2003 needs to be continued with the existing projects and, naturally, the development of new ideas ...

Conservation in Peru, Monthly Update December 2003
December saw the quietest month at Taricaya this year but still with 15 volunteers for most of the month. The weather started to make its annual change with the rainy season beginning and the associated increase in mosquitoes. However the increased water levels meant that we could re-initiate the canoe observations ...

 
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