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

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Discoveries in the Rainforest

“The forest is always alive; this is why it is called the Amazon and not the Amazoff”
- Alan Rea, Expedition Member
Day and night, rain or shine, nothing stops the EMs getting out in the forest - that's what it's all about after all. Armed with their wellies, compass, whistle, maps and water they head off to see what they can find. Every day brings something different and slowly but surely the sightings increase the number of species encountered in the Yachana reserve, where GVI is based. By the end of the first 10 days, already a number of critters have been spotted on various different ventures out. Amongst the highlights so far the Nectomys squamipes (a Water Rat that has not been spotted before), a Kinkajou (Potos flavus), nocturnal Water Opossums (Chironectes minimus), Lanternfly (Fulgora sp.), Night Monkeys (Aotus sp.), Black-mantle Tamarin (Saguinus nigricollis), the Spiny Devil Katydid (Panacanthus cuspidatus), a juvenile Amazon Forest Dragon (Enyalioides laticeps) and the Amazon Tree Boa (Corallus hortulanus).