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, May 4, 2010

Destination: Hector’s Island

Thursday 03:45

Ten volunteers and two GVI staff wearily stumble to the road in the dark, rucksacks stuffed and jungle hammocks in hand. We wait patiently for the comfy bus, only to be approached by an old, bench-seated ranchera truck in its place. This made for an exciting three hour trip to Coca, where volunteers spent the morning over-indulging in local delicacies such as LIVE grubs.
Thursday 13:00
All are met by a canoe for a 45 minute ride, taking in the views of the upper-Napo River as we approach Hector’s Island.
Thursday 18:00
The volunteers join Hector on a tour of the island, watching Woolly Monkeys playing in the tree tops. Before dinner volunteers attempt to set up their jungle hammocks and take the plunge off the port for a sunset swim in the river.
Friday 08:30
Plans are delayed due to a morning of heavy downpours. So the volunteers spend the morning huddled around the fire, sipping lemon tea and listening to Hector’s stories of anaconda encounters. The day draws to a close helping Hector with some general maintenance on the island.
Saturday 08:30
Volunteers take off on an exciting adventure into the jungle, overwhelmed by the abundance of wildlife that inhabits the island. On return to camp Hector shares his techniques for blow darting and spearing. Volunteers spend the afternoon spearing and shooting an orange on a stick – more thrilling than it might sound.
Sunday 07:00
With the weekend coming to a close the volunteers find it hard to part with the island. Never the less, we take off in our canoe knowing that we had experienced an incredible example of conservation and a man that loves his monkeys.

Kristie Callahan - GVI Amazon Conservation Intern, Apr-Sept 2010