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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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Revealed: the secretive world of rainforest animals

Revealed: the secretive world of rainforest animals

Ever wondered what goes on in the jungle when no-one’s looking? Innovative research through camera traps gives a rare glimpse and unique access to life in the rainforest canopy.

Last summer, our Tree Top Manu expedition team set up 131 camera traps across the Manu Biosphere Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest – an area the size of Wales that boasts the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Today, the results are in….

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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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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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New paper: why scientists must choose methods carefully

New paper: why scientists must choose methods carefully

A study published yesterday states that researchers are arriving at contradictory conclusions about how well tropical forest biodiversity can recover after degradation. What does this mean for the scientific method and the protection of forests into the future?

It is the mission of Dr Andrew Whitworth to understand the biodiversity value of regenerating topical forest after it’s been degraded by logging, agriculture, or other environmentally damaging practices.

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Rare wildlife footage: We didn’t even know it existed here…

Rare wildlife footage: We didn’t even know it existed here…

Our Tree Top Manu team are preparing to take down the 131 camera traps that they placed across the Manu Biosphere Reserve, but we already have a sneak preview of some rare video footage.

For the past four months our camera traps have been filming wildlife in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth: 24 hours a day, every day. Finally, it’s almost time for the big reveal.

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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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