Expedition Background

The Peru expedition is a research and education based expedition taking place within the Mascotania region of the Manu biosphere, South East Peru. Just 70km from the Inca capital of Cusco, Manu is one of the most biodiverse places in the world! Currently documented in the area are 1,300 species of butterfly (15% of world total), 800 species of birds (9%) and 160 species of mammals (4%) with assumptions of large numbers of species yet to be described. Furthermore, it is estimated there are 25,000 species of flowering plants in Manu, only 18% of which have been properly described. The range of ecosystems within Manu covers cloud forest, lowland rain forests, andean grassland and swamps. The expedition research will focus on lowland tropical forest, home to the richest biodiversity in the world. We will live and work in the jungle for 7 weeks whilst collecting important data on how the rain forest is affected by human disturbance.

 

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