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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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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..

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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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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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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