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All is not lost: the value of protecting once destroyed rainforest

All is not lost: the value of protecting once destroyed rainforest

A conservation internship in the Amazon opened my eyes to the whole rainforest ecosystem and not just the pretty mammals in a primary forest, explains researcher Diego Balbuena.

Since I was a little kid, my dream had been to visit Manu. It’s an area of remote Amazon rainforest that sits in the south-east of my home country Peru and is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

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Video: Love for frogs, passion for knowledge

Video: Love for frogs, passion for knowledge

Discover how a young, female researcher from Peru became the leading expert on a species new to science discovered in the Amazon rainforest.

A strange croak in the remote rainforest leads to the naming of a new species to science. The discovery hit the worldwide media – from National Geographic to Mongabay. But who’s the woman behind the research?
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Community life in a remote Amazonian research station

Community life in a remote Amazonian research station

From safety to salsa lessons, Crees volunteer Pierre Giraud explains what community means in the jungle.

The Manu Learning Center (MLC), a research station in the Peruvian rainforest, is a healthy and strong community. Building this community and ensuring that it evolves properly is not easy, especially when it involves so many people with different backgrounds, expectations, interests and goals.
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How to take action for World Wildlife Conservation Day

How to take action for World Wildlife Conservation Day

This Sunday, December 4, is a day dedicated to the protection of wildlife across the planet, but what can you do to really make a difference?

It can be hard to know how to create change when the challenges we face seem insurmountable. There are severe threats to wildlife across the world and we’re bombarded with news of forest destruction and species extinctions. Can we really make a difference?
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Top 5 tips: How to volunteer ethically

Top 5 tips: How to volunteer ethically

Expert advice on all the issues to consider before volunteering abroad, from cultural awareness, to environmental impact and animal welfare.

When we decide to volunteer, it’s usually out of a desire to help. But is our aim of doing good, actually doing untold harm?

There is a maze of social, environmental, cultural, political and economic issues to consider. Is there any way to really ensure that we are volunteering ethically?
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Explore 2016: Inspiring adventure talks and expedition advice

Explore 2016: Inspiring adventure talks and expedition advice

Dreaming of adventure and travelling the world? But don’t know where to begin. Our environmental journalist, Bethan John, reveals why Explore is the event for you.

Four years ago, I landed in Mexico City. I felt like I was shrinking under the weight of my backpack, as the whole continent of Central and South America stretched out below my feet.
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Once in a lifetime: Volunteering in the Amazon

Once in a lifetime: Volunteering in the Amazon

My six weeks living and experiencing the Western Amazon Rainforest with the crees Foundation, contributing to scientific research and biodiversity conservation.

I started my travels to Peru as a naïve 20 year old. My first trip abroad alone. My intention: to help preserve the rich diversity of wildlife in the Peruvian Amazon.

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Weekly Highlight: Microadventure up the Amazonian mountain

Weekly Highlight: Microadventure up the Amazonian mountain

Last weekend, a team of us camped out on the Piñi Piñi mountain to explore the wilderness and wildlife on our doorstep.

Our nature reserve in Peru’s jungle sits at the foot of the Andes mountains and as these ecosystems collide they create a thriving melting pot for a diversity of wildlife.

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