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San Diego Zoo Global joins effort to conserve the Amazonian rain forest through Peru field station
Date:3/14/2011

n science-based projects that study the many high-profile species that live in the Amazonian ecosphere.

"Manu is unrivaled in its biodiversity," said Ron Swaisgood, Ph.D., director of applied animal ecology at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation ResearchTM. "This project will allow us to expand our conservation efforts and develop partnerships with some of the key organizations and scientists working in the area."

The Park is estimated to be home for more than 1,000 bird species, 200 species of reptiles and amphibians, 125 species of mammals and 40 species of fish. Living in the area of the field station are such rare and charismatic species as jaguars, giant river turtles, Goeldi's monkeys, black caimans, lowland tapirs, and giant river otters. The only human inhabitants of the region are indigenous groups including the Machigenga tribe and five other tribes that remain "uncontacted" by Western society.

San Diego Zoo Global staff will maintain the station, making it available for researchers from other organizations and as a premier field research site and training facility for conservation scientists. "We plan to put out the welcome mat as we open this new facility," said Alan Lieberman, director of regional conservation programs at the Institute. "Our goal is to make this site available to the world's conservation researchers to use as a living laboratory. We invite scientists from around the world to come work with us here in Cocha Cashu."


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Contact: Christina Simmons
csimmons@sandiegozoo.org
619-685-3291
Zoological Society of San Diego
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