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, December 6, 2011

The Challenge is Underway!

Challenge24: We’re 15 hours in to the 24-hours of 24 challenges and the competition is close! We are thrilled to have surpassed our fundraising goal and have raised almost $2500US which will make an unbelievable impact in the environmental education of the local school programs here in the Amazon. The men's and the women's teams are working their tails off in a sleep-deprived jungle-diving annual competition to fundraise for a good cause. Highlights of the challenge so far:

From the boys’ team- Finding a total of 16 amphibs and reptiles on a half night-survey, including 3 glass frogs (Teratohyla midas), an Amazon Wood Lizard (Enyalioides laticeps), and an ornate snail-eating snake (Dipsas catesbyi)!

From the girls’ team- An incredible carved wooden bird to sweep the native art challenge.

Currently, the build-a-raft with a machete and the forest challenge is underway… Using vines for chord and searching high and low for species of trees whose wood floats, we’ll see who sinks, and who swims.

Our final challenge requires YOUR votes… Whose competition-ready costume is better: the jungle pirate men, or the Amazonian warrior women?

Cast your vote in the comment section below.

By the way, it's not too late to donate! For UK people, you can donate here, and for you US folks, donate here.

-Phil Torres, Assistant Base Manager



Blaine, GVI Amazon Country Director said...

Girls all the way! Mainly because Jas is totally fierce in this photo -- if I were on the boys team and ran into her in the woods at midnight, I would just turn over the win right then & there! :)

SnJ said...

This is hard - but boys, this time. Although the girls team looks good, and girls can be really fierce, their outfits are a tad too uniform. The boys costumes are more colourful, varied and creative while still within the bounds of their theme. It was close though.

Jas said...

Go the Girls!!! Looking lovely in jungle attire ready for fierce battle

Danny said...

I'll go for the ladies' team...go and kick some @&^%@@

Godzemo said...

The boys have this one, I think. They've managed to come out prettier :O

dbsears said...

The boys are far more pleasing to the eyes!
The real Amazon girls are usually topless!

Overall both teams were fantastic and both deserve to win after all it is a great cause they are playing for.

Ines A M Sears