Internship Abroad Peru: Primate Sensory Ecology
This internship is perfect for any nature lover with an inquisitive personality. You will conduct research into the visual acuity of native tamarin species at the heart of the South American rainforest, where you will experience the biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon basin. You will practice observing animals, gather and analyse data and carry out scientific experiments. You will have experienced scientists by your side at all times who will pass on their valuable theoretical and practical expertise. Discover the flora and fauna of the jungle and develop yourself from a personal and professional perspective in front of a unique backdrop!
- Live and work as an intern in the midst of the Amazon rainforest
- Gain new knowledge about the primates in the area
- Familiarise yourself with essential methods of data collection and analysis
- Meet people from all over the world
- Experience the fascinating biodiversity of the Peruvian jungle
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Your rainforest internship in Peru
As an intern in this programme dedicate yourself to researching the visual acuity of tamarin monkeys and acquire deeper knowledge about the behaviour, ecology and protection of the rare animals.
Arrival and Orientation in South America
After arriving at Puerto Maldonado International Airport, you will be collected by a staff member and taken to a hostel in the city where you spend the first night. On the next day, you continue your journey to the Los Amigos research station that is located at the foot of the Southern Andes in the Amazon rainforest.
Topics of your internship in Peru
In this course, the focus of the research work is on research in the visual faculty of tamarin monkeys. This primarily depends on the sex of the animal: all of the male new world monkeys are dichromatic (they are able to see with two types of cone), this only being the case in half of the female new world monkeys. The different visual acuities also give ground to expect that there are also behavioural differences between dichromatic and trichromatic tamarin monkeys. During this course, you will observe and compare the behaviour, collect data and conduct exciting experiments. You also learn how to record the data obtained from the behaviour research, conduct data analyses and correctly supervise scientific experiments.
Accommodation in Peru
Our partner’s research station will be your home during the programme. It houses a laboratory, a classroom, a library, a dining room and two dormitories, where the programme participants are accommodated. The dormitories have bunk beds and shared bathrooms. You will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay in the research station and snacks are also available during your meals.
It is also possible that you will be staying one night in Puerto Maldonado after you have left the research station. During this stay in the hostel, you will be provided with breakfast but you will have to obtain your lunch and dinner yourself.
Leisure time as an intern
We recommend you bring some books, movies and TV series since there will be time for your own activities in between. You can also borrow a book from the station’s well-equipped library.
Arrival in Puerto Maldonado
Transfer to the research station
Sensory Ecology in Peru: A typical day
Last days in the internship and departure
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1. Amazon Rainforest
About 13% of the approximately 5,500,000 km² Amazon rainforest is located in Peru. As in other countries in South America where the Amazon rainforest is found, the Amazon rainforest in Peru is a real biodiversity hotspot due to its many endemic animal and plant species.
The avifauna in particular is one of the richest in species worldwide. With over 1800 species, more birds live here than in Europe and North America together. But also large numbers of insects, reptiles and mammals can be found in the green depths and make the jungle of Peru an absolute must-see for all South American travellers and nature lovers.
Background of your internship abroad
Peru is one of the most unique countries in South America. Peru is the third largest country on the continent after Brazil and Argentina, and is renowned for its biodiversity and varied landscape. The Andes on the Pacific coast and the Amazon to the East on the border with Brazil provide the climate for a unique variety of endemic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insect species.
Especially the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest is beyond fascinating. Although much research on its flora and fauna has been carried out, many secrets could not be disclosed yet. By participating in this unique internship programme nature and wildlife enthusiasts get the chance to learn more about the diverse fauna of the Amazon Basin, particularly primates, and to acquire essential research skills.
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