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

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Precious Print!!

A variety of mammals are known to reside within the Yachana Reserve, making the mammal surveys an important aspect of the work done by GVI Amazon. Currently the mammal activity on the reserve is monitored through Visual Encounter Surveys and sand padding for prints. Although these surveys don’t always yield great amounts of data each time and require a lot of patience I have learned over the past five weeks how rewarding mammal work can be. While checking the sand pads at the most remote mammal transects, we were presented with a print from an Ocelot, a rare cat in the reserve. The print was measured, photographed and a wax mold was made. Evidence of Ocelots has not been recorded for a number of years and this exciting find demonstrates the importance of mammal surveys within the reserve. We are eager for the arrival of our new camera traps for the next phase of the mammal project and look forward to the amazing things we might find!

Shannon Davis - GVI Amazon volunteer, Feb-Mar 2011