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

Monday, April 11, 2011

Awwwww look at its little face!!!

An average night in camp normally consists of a bean related dinner, a night walk here and there, the odd game of cards or chess. But sometimes we get the occasional visitor in camp.

Tonight our surprise guest was a juvenile Western Woolly opossum Calurmys lanatus. The eagle eyes of one of our volunteers spotted this little fella hanging out giving his face a wash in a nearby tree.

Like most opossums these are nocturnal and strongly arboreal. This particular species are found from Mexico right through to Paraguay. Woolly opossums feed largely on fruit, supplementing this with nectar, invertebrates and occasionally small vertebrates.

However most importantly of course they do have a cute little face! =D

Caroline Acton, GVI Amazon Field Staff