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October 17 2017: Bird sightings at Chuncho clay lick increasing:

In recent weeks, the total number of macaws arriving at the Chuncho clay lick has increased. This spectacular sight is just a fascinating three-hour boat ride from our Ecolodge. Parrots and macaws from at least 10 species come together from throughout the surrounding forest to feed, creating a spectacle of color and sound.  Biologists have found that some macaws fly over 100 kilometers to feed on the mineral deposits that neutralize the toxins in the nuts and fruits essential to their diet. (Read more about avian clay licks here).



October 4 2017: Our Brazil nut reforestation program is progressing:

Over the past year, the Brazil nut trees planted by the Ecolodge across a 1.5 hectare area of tropical forest have grown more than one meter. During the next rainy season, the Ecolodge is planning to plant more of these lone, majestic trees across an additional two hectares of tropical forest. Our initiative began as a response to the fact that these enormous trees tend to be felled by the wind when they reach a certain age. We recognize the importance of replacing this key species, so that the Brazil nut will remain plentiful in local forests, as an essential component in the diet of birds, several mammals and a number of insect species.    



September 22 2017: Tambopata National Reserve celebrates its anniversary:

Last September 4th marked the seventeenth anniversary of the founding of Tambopata National Reserve, one of the world’s most important protected natural areas, where our Ecolodge operates. Tambopata National Reserve symbolizes the vision and hard work of many organizations like ours, which together strive to safeguard this protected area of more than 274,000 hectares. Our fight to conserve the natural world continues.



September 1 2017: Illegal gold mining in Tambopata National Reserve has been reduced:

The MAAP (Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project) has reported that illegal gold mining activities have been reduced within the borders of Tambopata National Reserve, thanks to interventions by SERNANP (National Service for Protected Natural Areas) and other Peruvian government institutions. According to senior SERNANP personnel, following the intense illegal mining activity recorded from March to August 2016, thanks to a concerted response on the part of the authorities 90% of the area invaded by illegal miners was recovered between September 2016 and July 2017. But, although such activity has been reduced significantly, the fight to completely eradicate illegal gold mining within Tambopata National Reserve continues.



Brazilian government has abolished a vast natural reserve

August 28 2017:

The Brazilian government has announced the abolition of a vast natural reserve. The Renca reserve, which covers an area the size of Denmark, will no longer receive federal government protection. Under Brazil’s new business-friendly government, the country has introduced a number of measures to encourage landowners to exploit the forests of the Amazon.

After a dip in recent years in the exploitation of the Amazon, rates of deforestation are being accelerated once more, and now ecologists are concerned that the recent dip may have merely been a temporary blip, with the greatest current threat to the Amazon in Brazil and many other South American countries identified as corruption and the policies of a new generation of politicians keen to encourage industrial development. 

With biodiversity and indigenous peoples under increasing threat, the continent’s existing protected natural areas, including Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve, are more important than ever. At Tambopata Ecolodge, we believe that only through ecotourism can tropical forests be conserved for the future.



April 26 2017

April 26 2017:

According to Peruvian meteorologists, a brief period of colder weather is expected to affect the tropical forests of southeastern Peru from April 26th to 29th 2017. To find out more about this unusual phenomenon, read more »

 

 



German photographer Stefano Paterna

February 3rd 2017:

The German photographer Stefano Paterna visited our Ecolodge recently to add to his South American wildlife portfolio, and later spoke enthusiastically about his time in Tambopata National Reserve. “After having visited now Manu National Park, Tambopata National Reserve and Pacaya-Samiria National Park, I can honestly say that I liked Tambopata National Reserve and especially Tambopata Ecolodge the most”, said the Cologne-based photographer following his stay at the Ecolodge.



December 5th 2016:

Tambopata Ecolodge has won official recognition as a Private Conservation Area (ACP). The company obtained the certification from the Peruvian state for the protection of 1065 hectares of virgin tropical forest. The government resolution was published in the newspaper of record El Peruano on October 25th, and the certificate will be presented in a public ceremony.

 

Article 28 of the Political Constitution of Peru establishes the state’s obligation to promote the conservation of the nation’s biological diversity, and with this new resolution the future of the fauna and flora sheltered by the lands owned by Tambopata Ecolodge is assured. 

 

According to Peruvian law, a Private Conservation Area enjoys the same rights as a State-Protected Natural Area: in exchange for strict compliance with conservation measures by the Ecolodge, the Peruvian state will guarantee the legal protection of its lands against any invasive action and/or the illicit exploitation of the flora and fauna those lands are home to.



Jaguar (Panthera onca), the biggest cat in the Americas

November 6th 2016:

Last week a jaguar was spotted by our groups over a two-day period, on the banks of the Tambopata River, just one kilometer from the Ecolodge. You can see a video of a jaguar sighting, filmed by one of our guides, here. And you can read more about the Tambopata National Reserve’s jaguars here.



Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus), also known as the water boa

November 1st 2016:

During the month of October, our guides and groups enjoyed several anaconda sightings. On one particularly memorable occasion, four anacondas were spotted at Lake Sachavacayoc (see our itineraries) as unusually dry weather in the rainforest caused water levels to fall dramatically. You can read more about Tambopata National Reserve’s anacondas here.




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In Peru it is tourism that has made it possible to create national reserves and save the forests of the Amazon basin from destruction. By working to encourage travelers to visit the rainforest, we are ensuring it will be around for future generations to appreciate. Pioneering projects like Tambopata Ecolodge, which was established in 1991, provide the model that teaches local people the importance of conserving our natural heritage, by showing them that forests are worth more to us all when they are left to flourish, instead of being exploited.
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