This April has seen the launch of 2 brand new volunteer opportunities as The Great Projects branch out to South America’s Amazon rainforest. We have partnered with CREES, a research foundation based on the peripheries of Peru’s Manu National Park; a UNESCO recognised biosphere reserve and World Heritage Site located not far from the historic Inca capital Cusco. Our partner’s aim is to create a truly sustainable Amazon, jointly focussing on wildlife research and rehabilitating ecosystems, as well as on the local communities with whom all initiatives are coordinated.
The Amazon Conservation Project runs from 2 to 12 weeks year-round and will give volunteers an unforgettable experience. They will play an integral part in conservation and sustainable community initiatives in a remarkable environment, working with fascinating wildlife and alongside local people. Assisting experts, volunteers will be participating in varied research methods in the Manu Biosphere, one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. It is home to over 1000 species of birds – an astounding 10% of all the world’s species – as well as large mammals such as jaguar, tapir, sloth, giant otter and many types of monkey.
Our other new Amazonian project is The Great Jaguar Expedition, a one off 3-week adventure into Manu National Park to track and study the continent’s biggest cat this coming September. This is a unique chance to get actively involved in frontline conservation research as part of a study that will shape jaguar conservation across South America. The jaguar is generally defined as an umbrella species meaning that its home range and habitat requirements are sufficiently broad that, if protected, numerous other species also be protected as a result, making this expedition a chance to make a hugely positive impact on the Amazon.