Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation,
You always wanted to travel through the South American rainforests and experience their fascinating flora and fauna close up? Then go on a wilderness experience in Peru with NATUCATE and expand your knowledge of nature in a unique research programme and expand your knowlegde in tropical primatology, ornithology, entomology or herpetology!
In the end of the course you will have a wide knowledge of the most important aspects of tropical primatology, ornithology, herpetology or entomology. In the beginning, you are provided with the basic information you need to orientate and navigate yourself in the rainforest. You will also be provided with safety and behavioural rules that are imperative when living and working in the Amazon rainforest. This is followed by you gaining theoretical knowledge of major subject areas in primatology, ornitholgy, herpetology or entomology on the basis of selected research literature. Parallel to this, your practical skills are also developed: you gain an insight into behavioural research, telemetry, data recording and data evaluation, in addition to you learning the direct handling of rainforest fauna. In addition to this, you accompany a group on nocturnal hikes through the rainforest, take journeys along the Los Amigos River and concern yourself with the securing of animal tracks. As a student in the primatology course, you learn basic exploration methods that are aimed at protecting and researching primates and discover Peru’s incomparable biodiversity. Students participating in the ornithology course will learn a variety of approaches to gain a deeper understanding about bird taxonomy, ecology and conservation methods. Most of the time will be spent in field activities, complemented by nightly lectures. Herpetology students participating will learn a variety of approaches to gain a deeper understanding about taxonomy and ecology of reptiles/amphibians as well as conservation-methods. In the entomology course, students will explore a variety of approaches that can be used to make sense of insect diversity, ecology, and conservation around the research station, in the heart of the beautiful southeastern Peruvian Amazon. Most of the time will be spent in the field studying actual insects in the tops of towering trees and at the bottom of oxbow lakes.
During your stay in the project, you will be accommodated in a research station that is located at the foot of the Southern Andes in the Amazon rainforest. You will be spending one night at a hostel in Puerto Maldonado before arriving at the station and one after you have left it. At the research station, you will be accompanied in one of the two dormitories together with other course participants. The dormitories have bunk beds and shared bathrooms. You will be provided with three meals per day – breakfast, lunch, dinner – these being taken in the large dining room. The food supply is relatively balanced, even if fresh vegetables are not always available, so that a purely vegetarian diet is also possible. You should inform us of this in advance, however. Snacks are also available between meals. In addition to the dormitories and the dining room, the station also has a laboratory, a classroom and a library. During your stay at the hostel that is two days in total, you will be provided with breakfast but you will have to obtain your lunch and dinner yourself. A good and satisfying meal can be obtained for just a few euros.
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