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Amazon Wildlife Research and Shiwiar Community Development Expedition In Ecuador

Research endangered species on the most remote and pioneering Amazon expedition in the world!

 

Overview:
Funssif-Ikiam’s expedition programme in Ecuador aims to assist and support the local NGO and Shiwiar indigenous community in conservation of the Tanguntsa & Juyuintsa reserve. The Tanguntsa & Juyuintsa community lives in the reserve and has established their own local forest conservation program, which owns and manages the 210.000 acres of virgin Amazonian lowland rainforest. This FUNSSIF biological research expedition works in conjunction with the Tanguntsa & Juyuintsa community on various projects and gives expedition members a unique opportunity to study rare and endangered species, work alongside a local indigenous community and experience life in a remote part of pristine Amazon jungle.

Expedition Aims:
• To develop a comprehensive species list of the amphibians and reptiles, birds and mammals of this biological hot spot.
• To assist the local community in developing a long-term sustainable eco-tourism project.
• To initiate an environmental education programme, exchanging local and international knowledge of this rainforest habitat.
• To complete a full trail system and micro habitat map using GPS and topographical maps, including information on tree species.
• To photograph and catalogue as many Faunal species as possible. Thus creating a digital library for use in identification by both Expedition members and scientists.
• To record as many bird vocalisations as possible to assist in the identification of more cryptic species.
• To make available the vast quality of computerised data about species distribution to as many interested parties as possible thus raising awareness of the conservation need of such an important and threatened rainforest habitat.

Eligibility Requirements:
Expedition members must be aware that because of the remoteness of the expedition site, transport is only by light aircraft and motorised dugout canoe. For this reason all volunteers must be strong swimmers, be able to swim 300m fully clothed, and have a strong head for heights! Spanish is not essential for this expedition but previous participants have found that they benefit much more from the community interaction if they have some basic phrases. Why not book a couple of weeks of Spanish lessons in Puyo through funssif before the start of the expedition? All expedition members should be physically fit as the environment is demanding. You should also be enthusiastic, adventurous and have a good sense of humour. It is important to be self-starting throughout the project. On arrival at the expedition site we will run through some expectations the community have which you must adhere to and be respectful of. You must understand that the expedition has specific long-term aims in conjunction with the Tanguntsa & juyuintsa community which they will contribute to by collecting and analysing data and taking part in community projects. All expedition members must be team players and assist each other and the staff in the daily tasks.

Expedition Skills Required:
Expedition members must be aware that because of the remoteness of the expedition site, transport is only by light aircraft and motorised dugout canoe. For this reason all expedition members must be strong swimmers, be able to swim 100m fully clothed, and have a good head for heights!
Spanish is not essential for this expedition but previous expedition members have found that they benefit much more from the community interaction if they have some basic phrases. Why not book a couple of weeks of Spanish lessons in Puyo through funssif before the start of the expedition? Once in Puyo you can build on your Spanish by working with the community members and receive lessons by staff.
All expedition members should be very physically fit as the environment is demanding. You will be walking 3-5 km daily and because of the mud, heat and humidity this can be strenuous and cause lots of sweating! You should also be enthusiastic, adventurous and have a good sense of humour. It is important to be self-motivated throughout the entire project. On arrival at the expedition site we will run through some expectations the community have which you must adhere to and be respectful of.

Location:
The Tanguntsa & Juyuintsa reserve borders the River CONAMBO, a direct tributary to the mighty Amazon, in the province of Pastaza, far eastern Ecuador. To arrive at the FUNSSIF base you first travel by bus from Quito, Ecuador's capital, to the jungle town of Puyo. Here you board a small aircraft, flying for one hour, with stunning views of the Amazon, into the depths of virgin lowland rainforest just south of the equator. To reach the camp you then take a 10 minute boat ride in a dugout canoe. The location is truly remote and is ideal for rare, endangered wildlife viewing and a challenging rainforest experience of a life time.

Training / Qualifications:

Expedition members receive a continuous comprehensive training programme, encompassing theory lectures, group study, and field practicals. This will provide a base line and holistic understanding of all aspects of the rainforest, on which to build throughout your stay. Subjects included in the training are as follows: Conservation, Rainforest Ecology, Bird and Mammal identification, Bird Call identification, Amphibian and Reptile Studies and Basic “Rainforest” First aid.

Field Conditions:

Expedition base camp is located 30 metres from the banks of the CONAMBO river in a cleared area within the rainforest. It consists of open-sided cabins providing basic conditions for sleeping, eating, working and relaxing. Go for a refreshing swim/wash in the cool stream by camp and catch a glimpse of a flying toucan whilst washing away the day’s mud and sweat!

We invite: University’s, Ongs, organization around the world.
Duration: 5 or 10 weeks
Group Size: Maximum 16 plus expedition staff
Departures: Every month and year when we receive confirmation
Price: $ 1.300 - $ 2.200 ( 5 -10 weeks) not included flights.
Flight cost: $1.250 for group
Contact: (593)998156132 Movi
Email: fundacionshiwiar@yahoo.es / shiwiarfund@hotmail.com
Web site: www.ikiam-ecuador.info

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