Woolly Monkeys: Endangered, Adorable, Pretty Darn Awesome

Written by Phil Torres on October 31, 2011 — Leave a Comment

I had the privilege of spending a few days at Hector’s Island (Sumak Allpa) down the Rio Napo where conservationist Hector Vargas is doing some amazing things. He has 9 species of monkeys roaming around the island, building up populations to be reintroduced into the wild. His current gem: an endangered baby woolly monkey named [...]

Where there’s a dead snake, there’s a butterfly.

Written by Phil Torres on October 25, 2011 — Leave a Comment

Anterops sp. butterfly feeding on the carcass of a 2.5 meter red tailed boa we found; killed by a local on a road in the reserve. Its head was cut off with a machete and would have been one of the largest snakes seen at the reserve in months. Sadly, even in areas of the [...]

Quick Weekend into the Cloud Forest

Written by Phil Torres on September 27, 2011 — Leave a Comment

Quick jaunt into the cloud forest with hummingbirds, canopy traps, and… clouds.

Life in the Amazon

Written by Phil Torres on September 4, 2011 — Leave a Comment

A few pictures letting you know what madness I’ve been up to down in the Amazon. (Not) Eating the giant earthworm, Glososcolex giganteus found on the road. Mistnetting birds, getting awesome data. This here is a female blue crested manakin. Catching crazy critters. This here is a fearsome looking Giant Tailless Whip Scorpion. It is [...]

Update: Ecuador

Written by Phil Torres on August 29, 2011 — 1 Comment

Just flew into Quito, Ecuador today. For the next year, I’ll be helping do biodiversity surveys on birds, butterflies, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, etc in the eastern Amazon basin along the Rio Napo. Check back for jungle-filled updates from the field, I’ll be sure to post when I can. For now, a picture of the Andes [...]