ACEER Conservation Fellows

On the road to Desolation (El Camino a la Desolación)

by Vítor da Silva Our canoe hits the embankment of the river, and the 69-year old Maijuna elder, Agapo, pushes me up into the forest as he balances barefoot on his canoe. The forest is thick and there is no path anywhere around me. I wait for Agapo to tie his canoe, and with the … Read more

Is there a light more profound than that which illuminates the soul? 

Translated by Carolyn Keller and Brian Griffiths Is there a light more profound than that which illuminates the soul?  I could see it in their looks, in the string of smiles from the conversations that brought us together in the wonder of knowing a world where the wildlife has free rein and is constantly transforming … Read more

First Experience in the Amazon with Conservation Fellows Program

Click through Slideshow Experiencing the Amazon rainforest was always something that I looked forward to. It was never a matter of if I would pursue research in the Amazon, but rather when I would begin. A frontier of biological diversity, the Amazon has excited me since I was young, and knowledge of its destruction set … Read more

Beyond Biology: transdisciplinary approaches to conservation

A jaguar is on the prowl on the outskirts of a local community deep in the Amazon rainforest. Its roars can be heard in the dead of night; its tracks surround the edges of the village. To some Indigenous communities, this may be a sign that a shaman from a rival village has transformed himself … Read more

The Frogject

I arrived once again in Madre de Dios on the 23rd of November, 2020. This was the first time I would spend a significant amount of time in the rainforest during the wet season. In this southwestern region of the Amazon there are two pronounced seasons: dry between the months of April and November and … Read more

ORO VERDE DEL MALINOWSKI

En estos últimos 10 años estuve viajando por diferentes afluentes de la Amazonía Peruana en Madre de Dios. En uno de estos viajes tuve la oportunidad de conocer el río Malinowski, un lugar donde los mineros de oro estaban destruyendo la belleza de esta selva y todo lo que estaba a la vista. Donde antes … Read more

A spider monkey tale, part 2

It was late 2014 and I was back in the Netherlands after a life-changing trip to Suriname. Being home was surprisingly challenging; I felt out of place back in a classroom and back in Dutch society. My mind and body were aching to return to the wilderness as soon as possible. But how was I … Read more

Stingless bees: Sustaining land and people in the Amazon

Sprawled on the palm floor of her home, I listen intently as Marcelina recounts the local bees she knows. With the ease of describing old friends, Marcelina names mejayo ua, batigana ua, and many other native stingless bees in her Indigenous language, explaining their behavior, appearance, where she’s found them in the forest, and what … Read more

Mis sueños hechos realidad

Nací en Piura, una región al norte de Perú. A los 16 años junto con mis amigos tomé la decisión de salir de mi pueblo para dedicarme a trabajar. Trabajé en diferentes lugares e hice nuevos amigos, como también decidí viajar a Puerto Maldonado. He trabajado en diferentes trabajos durante toda mi vida, uno de … Read more

Jungle Vignettes: The Illustrative Amazon Rainforest

When I first arrived to the Amazon, I had trouble sleeping at night because of the wave of unrecognizable animal sounds that would rise out of the amplifying humidity and darkness. I would dream of venomous and human-eating snakes. The first few times I walked the trails around the research station where I lived, I … Read more

Images from an ancestral forest

The morning light is dimmed by the rainforest canopy as I scramble up the bank of the Sucusari River from our wooden boat. The rustling  of my steps startles a collared peccary and her young – they bolt through the understory. Victorino, a Maijuna guide, deftly scales the bank and expertly tracks their flight below rustling … Read more

On my way

I have had a strange fascination with frogs since I was young, and for a long time, I asked myself why. Some years ago I decided to stop questioning myself and start thinking about how I could use this weird but strong passion to help these vulnerable animals. Here is where my journey into conservation … Read more

Dejar de tener vergüenza: Mujeres defensoras de la Selva Viviente

Kawsak Sacha1 o Selva Viviente, es un llamado universal a vivir en armonía. Plantea el reconocimiento jurídico de la reivindicación al derecho a decidir libremente sobre sus territorios y formas de vida para el necesario equilibrio del planeta y la preservación de la vida. Este nuevo paradigma de desarrollo pone de manifiesto la urgente necesidad … Read more

I Know That I Know Nothing: Reflections on Hunting and Conservation in the Amazon

The forest was pitch black, its darkness amplified by the night. All I could see was a dense rainforest lit by a flickering flashlight held in one hand by Foca, an Indigenous man from a local community, while he paddled the canoe with the other hand. It was June and the water level was at … Read more

Studio Verde

ACEER Conservation Fellow and Amazon Aid, Artist for the Amazon Maisie McNeice is an Artist who has worked in Peru and Africa and has always had a fascination for the intersection of Art and Science. She moved to Umbria last year, and inspired by the land has begun to set up an Artist in Residence … Read more

¿Por qué debemos conservar los bosques?

No he encontrado manera de responder esta pregunta sin conectarla con lo que me ha movido durante los últimos años a dar cada paso de aprendizaje sobre la vida en “el monte” (como la llamamos coloquialmente en Madre de Dios).  Cinco años atrás, en un proceso de recopilación de materiales audiovisuales para difundir información amena … Read more

Encounters with Jungle Elders

I used to climb between the buttress roots of an old tree in a park that my parents often took me to as a child. I imagined that I was in a lost world, full of magical creatures like fairies and great giants that mimicked plants. I never thought that these games my imagination would … Read more

A Treeless Forest

Collapsing to the floor and rattling the earth, an ancient, 50-meter tree now lays on its side below the intense tropical sun. The residual hole in the canopy instantly exposes the once-shaded understory, and the race is on. A seed from the massive kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra) germinates almost immediately and springs into action, shooting … Read more