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Hello! My name is Amy. I am a Canadian university student that would like to go to the Amazon Rainforest to help research the local wildlife and promote sustainable practices.

Hello! My name is Amy Cote. I am a Canadian University student pursuing a career in conservation biology. In order to expand my knowledge in this field, I am going on a research expedition to the Peruvian Amazon next summer to study the indiginous wildlife and help promote sustainable hunting and fishing practices. This expedition is run by a research group called Operation Wallacea.

Operation Wallacea is a biodiversity and conservation management organization running projects in Indonesia, Honduras, Cuba, South Africa, Madagascar, Peru, Guyana, Mexico and Romania. The research is carried out in conjunction with academics from many European and North American Universities, and also relies on students like me. The aim of Operation Wallacea is to study wildlife around the world and use this knowledge to help protect biodiversity, encourage conservation, and develop sustainable practices that can benefit future generations of animals and people.

For more information about Operation Wallacea you can go here.

So, why Peru?

The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. It has been estimated that approximately 10% on all the animals in the world live in the Amazon.  In addition, the Amazon Rainforest is home to many undiscovered species. In the last four years alone, over 440 new species have been discovered in the Amazon. Unfortunately these animals are in danger due to human activities such as farming, over-hunting, poaching, and deforestation.This little guy at risk due to human activities in the Amazon.

Operation Wallacea aims to help alleviate some of these risks by studying their impact on animals. The research is used to find a balance between the needs of the indigenous people and the conservation of the animals and plants. Students with Operation Wallacea spend two weeks aboard a research vessel travelling down the Amazon River. During this time they complete courses in Amazonian ecology and learn the techniques required to study and handle animals. Once these courses are completed students can participate in various research projects.

Previous studies have included examining the diet of caimans.

For more information on the research being done in the Amazon you can go here.

That's where I come in.

I would like to go on one of these research expeditions to aid in the biodiversity research. But, I need your help. These expeditions are costly and even working a job to pay off some of the costs is not enough. Your money would be helping me pay for:

Expedition Costs = $1850  - includes accomodation, food, support research staff and medical insurance

Airfare= $1500  - includes roundtrip airfare from Toronto, Canada to Lima Peru, and and a round trip internal flight to Iquitos Peru where the expedition starts

Vaccinations= $500  - due to the nature of this trip vaccines are important to prevent disease spread by animals or mosquitos

Equipment= $500  - waterproof hiking boots, sleeping bag, rucksack, head torch, binoculars, ect.

Travel Insurance= $100

As you can see, there are considerable costs to an expedition like this. Your donation would be very helpful. I simply couldn't thank you enough if you decided to aid me in my journey. I'm sure if the animals of the Amazon could, they would want to thank you too.

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