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Oil in Peru’s northern Amazon by the numbers - not pretty

Oil in Peru’s northern Amazon by the numbers - not pretty | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
David Hill: Over four decades of exploration and extraction have caused an environmental and health crisis in indigenous communities
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Meet our newest partners - the Maijuna of Peru! 

Meet our newest partners - the Maijuna of Peru!  | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

The Maijuna-Kichwa Regional Conservation Area (MKRCA) is located adjacent to one of our study sites.  This tract of Peruvian rainforest bigger than California’s Yosemite National Park is officially protected and we are working with the Maijuna to incorporate their conservation story and sustainable development initiatives into our field programs.  Read more about the MKRCA and its formation...  

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We are thrilled to amp up our "conservation through education" mission and support the indigenous Maijuna and their quest to protect nearly a million acres of their ancestral territory in the Amazon

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Building a Sustainable Forest Economy

Building a Sustainable Forest Economy | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Between 1999 and 2012 alone, mining in the Peruvian Amazon increased by 400 percent, resulting in rampant deforestation and the dumping of an estimated 3,000 tons of mercury into local waterways
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A railroad that crosses the Amazon could be an infeasible, expensive dream for Peru

A railroad that crosses the Amazon could be an infeasible, expensive dream for Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

The dream of a railroad across the Amazon —which dates back at least a century— has never materialized, but refuses to die.

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Protecting the Peruvian Amazon

Protecting the Peruvian Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The poor management of coffee and cocoa is one of the principal drivers of deforestation in Peru.
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Field Museum scientists help grow the rainforest - Chicago Tribune

Field Museum scientists help grow the rainforest - Chicago Tribune | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peru has a new, 3.3-million-acre national park in the Amazonian rain forest, thanks to an international effort in which Field Museum scientists played a key role, museum officials said Tuesday.
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Amazon Cam: Squirrel Monkey

Amazon field guide The 'hairy saki' (Pithecia hirsuta) From camera traps in the canopy in Maijunalands on the Rio Napo, Peru Following Laura Marsh's (2014) n...
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Amazon camera trap field guide - tamandua - YouTube

Amazon field guide The 'hairy saki' (Pithecia hirsuta) From camera traps in the canopy in Maijunalands on the Rio Napo, Peru Following Laura Marsh's (2014) n...
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Amazon camera trap field guide - kinkajou vs olingo - YouTube

Amazon field guide The 'hairy saki' (Pithecia hirsuta) From camera traps in the canopy in Maijunalands on the Rio Napo, Peru Following Laura Marsh's (2014) n...
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Amazon camera trap field guide - red howler monkey - YouTube

Amazon field guide The 'hairy saki' (Pithecia hirsuta) From camera traps in the canopy in Maijunalands on the Rio Napo, Peru Following Laura Marsh's (2014) n...
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Amazon camera trap field guide - hairy saki monkey - YouTube

Amazon field guide The 'hairy saki' (Pithecia hirsuta) From camera traps in the canopy in Maijunalands on the Rio Napo, Peru Following Laura Marsh's (2014) n...
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Monkey medicine revisited - YouTube

Our latest Wellcome Trust funded research at Edinburgh Zoo and University of St. Andrews' Living Links Research Centre attempts to work out why capuchin monk...
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Great example of inquiry and research questions! 

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Cacao plantation ramping up forest clearing in Peru

Cacao plantation ramping up forest clearing in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Deforestation continues as United Cacao aims to build the world’s largest cacao plantation.
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In Peru, canopy bridges keep rainforest animals connected over a gas pipeline

In Peru, canopy bridges keep rainforest animals connected over a gas pipeline | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Hundreds of square miles of the Amazon are zoned for oil and gas exploration, with commercially viable reserves destined for national and international markets, including the US and the UK. But pipelines fragment the rainforest, dividing populations and disrupting the movements of species that spend their lives in the treetops. Now, a study using canopy camera trapping has shown that these impacts can be mitigated if natural canopy bridges are left in place when pipelines are constructed.
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Mercury Pollution Caused By Illegal Mining In Peru Puts 12 Districts In The Amazon In State Of Emergency

Mercury Pollution Caused By Illegal Mining In Peru Puts 12 Districts In The Amazon In State Of Emergency | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Due to mercury contamination caused by illegal gold mining, the government of Peru on Monday declared an environmental emergency in nearly a dozen districts within the Amazon rainforest.
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New deforestation hotspot threatens southern Peru’s tremendous biodiversity

New deforestation hotspot threatens southern Peru’s tremendous biodiversity | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

The lower Las Piedras River, in the far west Amazon rainforest of the Madre de Dios region of southern Peru, is an incredibly biodiverse area — but it’s also the site of an increasing amount of deforestation.

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These Spiders Create 50,000-Strong Armies In The Peruvian Rainforest

These Spiders Create 50,000-Strong Armies In The Peruvian Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
You probably think of spiders as solitary creatures, sitting alone in their webs like a surly miser. But the arachnophobes among you won’t be pleased to learn there’s actually a species of spider that enjoys creeping around with tens of thousands of comrades.
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Peru creates ‘Yellowstone of the Amazon’: 3.3M acre reserve home to uncontacted tribes, endangered wildlife

Peru creates ‘Yellowstone of the Amazon’: 3.3M acre reserve home to uncontacted tribes, endangered wildlife | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Story by Rhett A. Butler originally published November 7, 2015 on Mongabay.com    After more than a decade of discussion and … Read More The post Peru creates ‘Yellowstone of the Amazon’: 3.3M acre reserve home to uncontacted tribes, endangered...
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Meet a Field Biologist: Interview with Dr. Mini Erkenswick Watsa

Meet a Field Biologist: Interview with Dr. Mini Erkenswick Watsa | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In the minds of many people, the life of a field biologist can be overly romanticized, assumed to be exceptionally perilous, or sometimes even thought of as superfluous or escapist.  Of course, non…
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Amazon camera trap field guide - South American coati - YouTube

Amazon field guide The 'hairy saki' (Pithecia hirsuta) From camera traps in the canopy in Maijunalands on the Rio Napo, Peru Following Laura Marsh's (2014) n...
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Amazon camera trap field guide - sloths - YouTube

Amazon field guide The 'hairy saki' (Pithecia hirsuta) From camera traps in the canopy in Maijunalands on the Rio Napo, Peru Following Laura Marsh's (2014) n...
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Amazon camera trap field guide - yellow-handed titi monkey - YouTube

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Amazon camera trap field guide - noisy night monkey - YouTube

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Amazon camera trap field guide - black-mantled tamarin - YouTube

I do primatology, tropical biology and conservation research, some of it with camera traps and sometimes in the rainforest canopy...
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An Isolated Tribe Is Emerging From Peru’s Amazonian Wilderness

An Isolated Tribe Is Emerging From Peru’s Amazonian Wilderness | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
After years of sporadic, sometimes deadly interactions with people along the Alto Madre de Dios River, a Mashco-Piro clan has suddenly stepped up contact.
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