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Anonymous amphibians: an encounter with the curious caecilian

Anonymous amphibians: an encounter with the curious caecilian

Unearthing weird and wonderful creatures in the jungle is the wonder of on Amazon adventure, as conservation volunteer Justin Law from Deakin University in Australia discovers.

Rain poured from the heavens, as if it had never rained before. We were moving through a particularly thick section of bamboo forest encompassing about one-third of the Manu Learning Centre (MLC), checking traps for any reptile or amphibian specimens we might find. While dodging fallen bamboo and avoiding exposed..

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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Take the classroom to the jungle

Take the classroom to the jungle

Students and teachers share their stories about working alongside scientists in the field on an experiential learning trip to the Amazon rainforest.

By visiting our field research station, the Manu Learning Centre (MLC), students from Carolina Friends School learnt about the ecology and conservation of tropical forests, while seeing the wildlife and cultures of the Amazon in the remote south east of Peru. Here are their stories about the trip and what they learnt:

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Weekly Highlight: Solutions to the banana problem

Weekly Highlight: Solutions to the banana problem

The yearly Banana Fair is a celebration of agricultural and environmental initiatives across the Manu Biosphere Reserve in the Amazon Rainforest, but what is the impact of growing bananas?

Bunches of bananas line the fairground as families and friends from across the Manu region gather to sell their produce, swap gossip, and dance the night away.

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