Amazon Riverboat Expedition in Peru 2012
For the fifth year in a row the Duttenhaver Conservation and Field Study Program, generously sponsored by the Duttenhaver Fund, sent a team of students and mentors to actively participate in wildlife conservation and habitat preservation alongside scientists and indigenous people.
For approximately two weeks in July, seven students and three mentors were involved with field work in the remote Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in Loreto, Peru. The goal of the expedition was to take population surveys of indicator species such as pink and gray river dolphins, caiman, macaws, and fish in the Samiria River, to gauge the health of the ecoystem in the incredibly biodiverse, undeveloped region. Team members went on terrestrial treks through the jungle, visited a local Cocama Indian village, and participated in various conservation activities to assist biologists studying the region.
The gift was inspired by the donor’s belief in the positive impact of international travel and study, and matched the Zoo’s interest in developing field opportunities for students evaluating a future in biological science.
Read about the Animal Conservation and Field Study Program excursions from the following years: