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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..

First field guide for Amazonian amphibians of Manu

First field guide for Amazonian amphibians of Manu

Launching the first bilingual field guide for amphibians of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots.

This is a free, downloadable, digital field guide that’s in English and Spanish, designed for use with tablets and smartphones.

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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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