The End of an Era

After over 6 years of intensive research and community development work in and around the Yachana Reserve, GVI Amazon is coming to a close. We have finished our final research project (look forward to our Road Effects paper, coming soon!) and are handing over the project to our partner, The Yachana Foundation. They will continue to maintain and monitor the reserve, using it as an hands-on science education center for students -- we're very excited to see what fabulous things this next generation of scientists find! For more detail on GVI Amazon's closure, and our accomplishments over the years, please read on...
GVI Amazon Closure Statement

Friday, February 12, 1971

Some exciting sightings!

This week on the GVI Amazon Expedition we were on the way back from exploring part of the rainforest to implement a new interpretive trail for the Yachana tourists, when we saw a Coral Snake. It was a Micrurus langsdorfii’ a species not too commonly seen on the Reserve.

We also saw a Yellow-footed Tortoise (Chironius scurruls) on the way back from a butterfly survey. Being only the second sighting of this species within the reserve it was a very exciting moment. What´s more, The Yellow-footed Tortoise is considered as being ´vulnerable´on the IUCN Red List, so it is great to know our reserve´s protected status helps ensure the existence of rare and threatened species such as this.

Lucy Smith - GVI Amazon intern, Jan-June 2011