Rainforests cover only about 6% of our planet’s surface and hold roughly half of the species in our world. They are also disappearing rapidly. Along with being tremendously important in carbon storage, regulating atmospheric gasses, and providing valuable resources like clean water, timber, and medicines, these forests are fantastically beautiful sanctuaries to some of our worlds most fascinating and endangered species.
They are also the homeland and stronghold for many of the surviving indigenous cultures, peoples who can teach modern society much about how to live with nature instead of destroying it. In a time when humans have removed HALF the wildlife on earth in less than half a century – we are at a crucial time in history. We live in an amazing world – but it is up to us to decide if it stays that way. Below are some of the ways I am working to help protect wildlife, ecosystems, and our natural heritage.
My work has taken place on the Las Piedras River, the longest tributary in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. The Madre de Dios region is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site Manu National Park, Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, Alto Purus, and just across the boarder in Bolivia, Madidi National Park. The region is world renowned for its parks system, but is missing te final piece – the Las Piedras watershed. The Piedras unlike other rivers in the region is largely unprotected, and today is experiencing high levels of unregulated illegal logging. Below is a video that shows the incredible diversity of mammal and bird wildlife in a single spot on the Las Piedras River:
See a full interview and discussion about this video, the Las Piedras, and conservation in Amazonia on Mongabay.com:
Tamandua Expeditions is a conservation initiative that allows ordinary people to take part in rainforest conservation in the field! By joining an expedition with us, you will have the opportunity to live and work in the Amazon Rainforest and actually take part in protecting the millions of species that live there. Our work includes monitoring wildlife populations, guarding against poaching, and studying the surrounding ecosystem. Working in the field, volunteers have the chance to experience the Amazon wilderness in a way few people can dream of.
When you sign up with the Tamandua team you instantly become responsible for protecting rainforest. It is only through volunteers like you that protecting our 1,220 acre reserve is possible. By becoming part of our team, and traveling to the jungle you will be responsible for protecting a staggering amount of flora and fauna. The area we work in, the Madre de Dios of Peru, is home to some 90 species of mammal, 600 species of birds (world record), 2,500 species of butterfly (world record), 150 species of reptile and amphibian, millions of insect species, and virtually countless varieties of flora.
Junglekeepers is an international team of conservationists and sustainability experts who are dedicated to protected threatened species and ecosystems. We specialize in large scale projects that allow people to effectively collaborate and deploy on the ground help to areas and species in dire need.
Projects currently include protecting land in the precious Amazonian headwaters in Peru, and delving into the devastating elephant poaching crisis in Africa.
Learn how you can get involved at: Junglekeepers.com