Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets. Chances of spotting them are low but well worth the short hike because we also will have fun camera traps!
You will help San Diego Zoo scientists obtain data that will answer questions about the density and movement patterns of large mammals in Tambopata. You will visit a mammal clay lick located in one of the corners of the Big Grid, a 288 kilometer experimental trail system that has camera traps placed within it. At the clay lick, one of our resident biologists will help you set up your own camera trap and download photos from the past few days. These will feed into the extensive photographic database that will help us understand how many jaguars, tapirs and peccaries there are in the reserve. And if you strike jaguar (or bush dog!) gold and get them on the camera traps – they are yours to keep!
This project is part of the Wired Amazon. The Wired Amazon is a collection of science projects that combine technology and citizen science to help scientists answer important questions about Amazonian ecology.