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Amazon Ecology and Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme, Peru

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  • Gain experience in tropical ecology, wildlife research and rehabilitation
  • Have an impact on a long-term conservation project in the Peruvian Amazon
  • Learn several vital skills and abilities for a career in conservation and wildlife management
  • Immerse yourself in primary rainforest at a state-of-the-art research facility

Who we are and what we do

wild boarOur mission is to protect and fortify biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon. We address both the causes and the effects of the threats to local rainforests and species. We work everyday to protect threatened wildlife and habitats while running initiatives focused on empowering and educating local communities.

You can choose to intern on either the Amazon Ecology Internship or the Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme.

About the Amazon Ecology Internship

Interns are based at our new high end research centre where we run ongoing ecological research focused on mammals, herpetofauna, ecology, and ecosystem function, generating new information that can be applied to real-world conservation. Our team comes from a diverse array of backgrounds and specialisations, but work together to understand, protect, and preserve the wilderness of the Las Piedras watershed.

The Amazon Ecology Internship provides participants a chance to take part in the research and conservation activities, as well as get involved with day-to-day field-life tasks.

crocodilian monitoringWe offer both general internships and independent project internships. General internships give interns a chance to experience all of our different initiatives, rotating through our current projects and choosing to dedicate more time to those that best suit their interests. Independent project internships allow interns to design and implement a project of their own under the guidance of our experienced research staff. This can be for university purposes or individual academic purposes. Our staff can assist in all areas including designing the methodology, reviewing all ethical and safety concerns, securing necessary permits, carrying out the fieldwork, and implementing the analysis to whichever degree the intern requires.

camera trapping

For all internships, there will be plenty of opportunities for getting involved in general field-life activities such as camp maintenance, equipment maintenance, trail making, carrying in supplies, and all the other tasks necessary to run a field station, giving interns a true experience of what it takes to live and work in the Amazon.

Being an active student or professional researcher/conservationist is not a requirement as long as you are passionate and motivated!

Intern Activities

Intern activities consist primarily of assisting with different research projects at our centre. Projects do change and evolve over timer due to necessity, seasonality, or the specialists on-site at the time, but our research always has a strong focus on wildlife ecology.  Permanent ongoing studies include: monitoring populations of cats and their prey using camera traps, amphibian population dynamics and reproductive ecology in the wet season, and general monitoring of mammals and herpetofauna throughout the year.

Activities include study design and preparation, data collection, data management, sample processing, analysis, revision, and write up.

About The Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme

To date, we have successfully rehabilitated and released over 95% of the animals we have rescued. We work closely with both local and federal governments to rescue animals in need, intervene in and prevent wildlife trafficking, and reintroduce animals into key areas.  Our rehabilitation centre is located apart from the ecology centre to protect the animals undergoing rehabilitation.

jungle cat

We work with a broad range of carnivores and mesopredators, but the animals most commonly in our rehabilitation programmes include:

  • Ocelots (Leopardus pardalis)
  • Margays (Leopardus wiedii)
  • Oncillas (Leopardus tigrinus)
  • Coatis (Nasua nasua)
  • Kinkajous (Potos flavus)
  • Tayras (Eira barbara)
  • Opossums (Didelphis marsupials)
  • White-lipped Peccaries (Tayassu pecari)
  • Collared Peccaries (Pecari tajacu)
  • Yellow-footed Tortoises (Chelonoidis denticulata)
  • Red-tailed Boas (Boa constrictor)

Intern Activities

We offer limited internships to people looking to pursue a career in both wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary medicine. This internship consists of a broad range of activities, including feeding, nutrition design, husbandry, juvenile care, enclosure maintenance, enclosure construction, enrichment, health management, medical intervention, reintroduction, and post-reintroduction monitoring. Interns at our centre will be paired with members of our rewilding teams based on their specific interests and as per necessity to assist them in all daily activities, getting the opportunity to learn first-hand how to successfully manage animals in a rehabilitation programme. The nature of the work is diverse and varies depending on the animals we have as well as what stage of their rehabilitation they are in.

We also provide support for students seeking to undertake a research project related to veterinary science and/or wildlife rehabilitation. The research division of our centre can collaborate to provide support for study design, data collection, management, and analysis as well as providing access to dedicated research facilities on the reserve.

team at the amazonDay-to-Day Activities

Interns may tend to newly-arrived animals with injuries, providing round-the-clock care for juvenile animals, performing enrichment activities, managing live feeding, assisting in pre-release preparations, performing routine surveys of physical and behavioural health and development, or simply feeding and cleaning. Interns also assist in general activities at the centre, such as cooking, cleaning, camp maintenance, and carrying supplies. On top of wildlife-related activities, there will also be opportunities for learning about the research we are performing on our reserve, seeing our applied conservation initiatives and getting out into the forest to enjoy the incredible diversity found in the primary rainforest around our centre.

Featured on Amazon Prime

The Founder of this programme is also the co-star featuring in the Amazon prime movie – WildCat – which is filmed on location where the internship programme is based.  A must watch for anyone considering joining!

Amazon Ecology and Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme, Peru

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