Tropical Primatology: In this internship, you will track primate species and groups, observe their behaviour, take samples to monitor the health of the animals and enter data into a database. Experienced scientists will be by your side at all times to pass on their valuable theoretical and practical expertise. You will be trained in the basic knowledge of rain forest navigation and orientation as well as its corresponding safety measurements. Furthermore you will gain theoretical knowledge through scientific literature in the fields of tropical biology and conservation work. During the practical work you will get a deep insight into the behavioral science of primates.
Tropical Ornithology This NATUCATE-Wilderness Experience will give you the chance to explore the birds of the Amazon region and their biology. Students participating in this course will learn a variety of approaches to gain a deeper understanding about bird behavior, taxonomy, ecology and conservation methods. Most of the time will be spent in field activities, complemented by nightly lectures. This is intended to foster an interest in conducting scientific research, with a special focus on developing analytical skills relevant to tropical biology.
Tropical Entomology: The course covers groups ranging from butterflies to beetles, bees, and aquatic insects, among others. Students will be introduced to an astonishing array of terrestrial and aquatic habitats that shelter a greater diversity of plant and animal species than anywhere else on the planet. You will spend most of our time studying actual insects in the field from the tops of towering tropical trees to the bottom of oxbow lakes. Our field activities will be supplemented by selected readings from the primary literature covering topics on theoretical and applied tropical biology and entomology, as well as conservation in the Andes and Amazon regions. Participants will also gain exposure to cutting-edge research in other tropical biology fields at one of the most active biological research stations in the neotropics.
Tropical Herpetology: In this course, participants will develop an understanding of the natural history, anatomy, ecology, and conservation of neotropical reptiles and amphibians. We will additionally examine the roles of chemicals in herpetological studies, focusing on defense, food capture, aboriginal use, and modern pharmacology. Moreover the students will learn about different field-research methods such as telemetry and implementation of field studies. There will be a focus on practical work during daytime and nightly lectures which convey theoretical knowledge
Tropical Biology: This course is intended to provide an introduction and broad overview of Amazon forest ecology and conservation, with a taxonomic focus on plants and a geographic focus on the Madre de Dios basin in southeastern Peru. The overarching theme is the incredible biodiversity of Amazon rainforests, the key factors and processes underlying its creation and maintenance, and the impact of anthropogenic disturbance on these critically important forest ecosystems. Classroom-style lectures will complement extensive field-based activities and interpretation, and individual and group projects.
Wildlife Photography: The goal of this workshop extends beyond just the techniques that will enable you to get better shots under tough conditions, but also to convey the natural history of what you are shooting. Photography is a highly evocative art form with immense potential to increase knowledge and appreciation of the world’s incredible biodiversity. Your photos can tell stories when words alone fail, and for this workshop, your stories will be about the complex tropical ecology of the Amazon Basin. During the day you’ll be watching wildlife in the rainforest, while the evenings are for classroom discussions as well as using our guides and resources to identify the species that you have seen.
Internship: Our Peru internships aims at improving and broadening your knowledge and practical skillset in primatology and tropical biology. You can decide which of the following internship courses you would like join in order to gain deeper knowledge in important field research methods: Community Disease Ecology, Wildlife Handling, Priamte Communication or Primate Sensory Ecology.