Giving today will support the following programs:
Scientific Research: 2021 will mark the 12th field season for wildlife research at Los Amigos in Peru. Until COVID-19, we had never missed a field season since we first began studying wildlife in 2009. While our hope is still to collect some baseline data in collaboration with our Peruvian partners, we also must begin planning an expanded and more intensive 2021 field season. With your support, the immense hit to our research and budgets can be mitigated, and we can enhance our biosurveillance and wildlife monitoring efforts.
Wildlife Disease Testing: We have 8 years of disease monitoring data on primates, and two more on birds, bats and small mammals from the Los Amigos Biological Station. Our goal is not only to continue disease screening, but increase the scope of our efforts. We want to to test for more pathogens, to focus on more species, and to bring more aspiring young scientists into the field to help with collecting this data.
Conservation Technology: Our plans are to “Tech the Rainforest” by installing a low-cost, energy saving, canopy-based network that would listen continuously for any signals from sensors in the forest below. Initial investments have made it possible to develop and test these systems, but we will need more resources to set up the network in the rainforest and deploy custom GPS collars on focal primate groups.