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Course: Tropical Field Biology and Primatology

Organisation: PrimatesPeru

Country: Peru

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Course: Tropical Field Biology and Primatology


Winter 2013: December 27 – January 10; deadline: November 20, 2013

Early Summer 2014: May 20 to June 10; deadline April 15, 2014

Late Summer 2014: July 20 to August 10; deadline June 15, 2014



Los Amigos Biological Field Station, in southeastern Peru.



Rainforest Well-Being: How to be safe in the rainforest and learn from its inhabitants non-invasively.

Working On/Off-Trail: How to navigate a changing trail system, remain oriented, use a compass and GPS to navigate from anywhere back onto a trail or to camp, and track animal movements.

Rainforest Natural History: This module will focus on the natural history of birds, mammals and plants and will span the entire course.

Biodiversity Monitoring: For larger mammals and ground-dwelling birds: camera-traps, line transects.; For invertebrate variation: pit-traps, Shannon traps, releasing ALL specimens collected unharmed; For plant diversity: phenology plots, tree tagging/morphometrics. Extra activity: Pug-mark monitoring to to track animals by their footprints, casts of which participants can take home with them. 

Tracking Arboreal Mammals: How to track and monitor radio collared primate using radio telemetry and vocalizations. 

Animal Behavior: Techniques of recording observational data on behavior and use binoculars to track arboreal fauna. 

Sampling Techniques: We will collect samples non-invasively, under the umbrella of the tamarin project, and then demonstrate sterile technique, sample storage, and on-site sample processing for hormone analyses, genetics, and parasitological evaluations.

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  • Course: Tropical Field Biology and Primatology

    A one-of-a-kind field course in tropical biology, with a focus on primatology. Students can take the course for credit through their own university. The majority of funds go to the Amazon Conservation Association which protects over 360,000 acres of Amazon rainforest. Biodiversity surveys conducted as a part of the course contribute to the field station's own databases. Students will become comfortable in the forest, on and off-trail, learn to observe animals, identify a variety of wildlife using markings and vocalisations, and learn about conservation efforts in the area.

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