1. Contribution area Wildlife Conservation, Biodiversity: financing technical equipment (Camera traps, memory cards, external memory, gps handheld, laptop, solar panel, scientific support through wildlife ecologist) for a scientific camera study from August 1, 2014 to August 1, 2015
2. Background: It has been my dream to contribute as a wildlife ecologist ever since I have been a kid and wild cats have always fascinated me. My name is Joern and I work as a teacher for biology and physical education in germany. I started visiting wild, unspoiled places in Panama a few years ago and spent a lot of time exploring the rainforest of the indigenious tribe of the Naso with my friends Adolfo, Antonio and Orlando. Thanks to my friend Ralph, his non profit organisation and your financial contribution I would like to earn a glimpse into the secret world of wildlife in the naso rainforests using camera traps. Ralphs organisation "First Aid for wonderful Nature" is a non profit Organisation registered with the german governmental program "Weltwärts" sending volunteers to work in a year long ecological service project. Camera traps or trail cameras equipped with a motion sensor automatically take pictures or videos of wildlife passing by.
3. Objectives: For years I have had the intent to help my friends in their cause to protect one of the most diverse habitats in the world. Over the course of one year camera traps will be placed in the rainforest along the river teribe in Naso territory. The task is to gain data about population density and reproduction of the Jaguar (Panthra onca) and to document the biodiversity, meaning the exitence of other wildlife species. The collected data will be used to help Science, NGO and Governments and to bring students in Panama and Germany closer to realizing how intact ecosystems need to be protected. The study will be carried out by 2 Volunteers from germany as well as Naso students under the guidance of the Naso non profit organisation "Organisacion de Desarrollo Sostenible y Ecoturismo Naso" (Odesen). The projected will be supported by a wildlife ecologist working in Brasil`s Pantanal. She has experience working with camera traps and has offered to fly to Panama to guide the collection and analysis of data.
4. Background information: The Jaguar is the third largest feline in the world. Predatory species like the jaguar serve as so called umbrella species indicating a healthy, intact ecosystem. The rainforest in and around the "La Amistad Nationalpark" are one of the most diverse places on earth and so far remain almost untouched. The Naso are a indigenious tribe of about 3000 people who have lived along the river teribe, who they call "grandmother", in Naso language "terdi", for centuries. They have their own language and live in close interaction with their natural surroundings, the river and forest. It is the aim of Odesen to be able to inherite this place to their children along with their culture and language.