Peru’s Manu National Park declared world’s top biodiversity hotspot

This week sees great news surrounding our Peru Amazon Rainforest project. New research, based on photographs of an array of camera traps in 16 emblematic areas across the globe, found that Peru’s Manu National Park hosts the most biodiversity of terrestrial vertebrates on earth. Our Amazon Rainforest Project is located right in the middle of this spectacular site.  This is great news for people who are interested in volunteering at our Conservation Project – it really doesn’t get any more world-class than this!

The UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts first place, after being compared with other incredible hotspots: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, Pasoh Forest Reserve in Malaysia, Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, the forest of Manaus in Brazil, and Yanachaga–Chemillén National Park in Peru.
What makes it so diverse?
There are a number of reasons for it’s world-class biodiversity. The location is the main reason - it is a meeting point of the lowland Amazon area and the Andean region. The area ranges from 4500 meters (14,763 feet) of altitude to the Amazonian plain, which gives the area an important diversity and ecosystem niches. There are also 14 different types of ecosystems, between 28 to 32 species of mammals and 32 to 34 species of birds. Aside from being one of the most bio-diverse places in the world, Manu National Park is among the best conserved and protected – no human activity has damaged or impacted it’s environment – it’s essentially untouched!

How volunteers spend their time at the project
Volunteers with the Peru Amazon Conservation Project work directly with project staff on research, conservation and sustainable community initiatives that are helping to protect the spectacular Manu Biosphere Reserve. Daily activities can include forest regeneration, animal monitoring (birds, mammals, amphibians, butterflies and reptiles), bio gardening, capacity building, and agroforestry.
For more information on the project, click here.
Requirements: Aged 18+, with a passion for conservation, learning and the outdoors
Volunteer Placement Fee: From UK£1,680 / US$1,995