Persian Leopards Project profile
Study species: Giant otter
Project location: Peru’s Manu National Park and Madre de Dios river
Species fact: Giant otters are the largest otter species. Adults can weigh up to 30 kilograms and reach a length of 6 feet.
Problem: Human activities, particularly small-scale gold mining, are causing the destruction of the aquatic habitats inhabited by giant otters and a decrease in the quantities of fish giant otters depend on.
Surveying protected and disturbed areas for otter presence and habitat destruction to examine the effects of gold mining on giant otter distribution and abundance.
Quantifying fish availability and mercury contamination to understand how human activities can affect giant otters.
Working with local communities to understand their perceptions towards giant otters and aquatic ecosystems and developing environmental education programs.
What your donation can achieve
Could get the team a Garmin GPS device to register giant otter locations; a Coleman cooking tent for field team’s campsite; a Samsung Tablet for registering interview answers; or a solar panel for charging electronic devices.
Could get the team a Hanna Multiparameter to examine water quality; a 250 gallons of fuel for one month-long field trip; a Garmin Inreach device for satellite communication; or a mobile freezer to store samples.
Could get the team a Grabner XR Trekking rubber boat; a Canon XA35 video camera to document giant otter behavior; a Honda generator to charge cameras and batteries; a Mavic DJI Drone to map lakes.
Could get the project’s aluminum boat which allows transportation among oxbow lakes; or a 50hp Yamaha engine.