As part of BAM’s Science Program and within the framework of the strategic alliance with the San Diego Zoo, we installed 300 camera traps in the jungles of our property (Ucayali, Peru) in order to record, identify and quantify the diversity of fauna species found in our forests.
The area evaluated is part of the forests conserved by BAM under the REDD+ The Last Habitat project.
In August 2022, a team of experts from San Diego Zoo Global and BAM technicians went deep into the heart of the forests of the Bajo Manantay district to install several hundred camera traps at strategic points in the forest and unlock the secrets of the rainforest that BAM protects in Ucayali.
The points chosen were areas with little flooding and with the presence of traces and footprints, an indication of the existence of fauna species that were supposed to inhabit the forest. One of the advantages of this equipment is that it makes it possible to record the presence of species that are rare or very sensitive to human presence. Thus, the technology becomes the eyes of the researchers.
Special interest was focused on documenting the presence of large mammals, such as jaguars, pumas, tapirs, deer and bush pigs (sajinos and huanganas), as well as large birds such as curassows and wild turkeys, species that tend to disappear rapidly from areas under human impact (hunting and deforestation) and whose presence serves as an indicator of the good condition and quality of the forests where they live.
After three months, the researchers returned to the jungles of Bajo Manantay. The results were simply extraordinary. One by one, the images stored in the cameras revealed a fabulous and diverse wildlife: añujes, picuros, margays, tapirs, armadillos, giant antbirds, peccaries, monkeys and red deer, as well as the imposing jaguar. This wide variety of species reflects, without a doubt, the good condition of BAM’s forests and their high level of conservation.
The results of the collaborative work with the San Diego Zoo reinforce the importance of protecting our Amazon forests and their extraordinary biodiversity, as well as our commitment to continue working for the conservation of our most valuable ecosystems.
We invite you to watch the video with the results here:
Video: Mark Wust
Photographs: Walter H. Wust
Text: Valeria Drinot
The evaluated area is part of the forests conserved by BAM under the REDD+ The Last Habitat project.