The story of rookie researchers who ventured into the Peruvian Amazon to help conserve jaguars.

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The world needs new ways to do conservation. There is no time for endangered animals and their environments. We need an evidence base to make informed decisions, and we need it now. 

We are addressing this problem by combining traditional conservation with virtual reality technology, mathematical and statistical modelling, local knowledge and international expertise. 

Through our ‘Eyes on the Wild’ program, we aim to facilitate faster, better decisions about management and monitoring.  

We are developing and using these approaches to help conserve jaguars  in the Peruvian Amazon.

The plan was to:

  • use new 360-degree cameras and drones to take images of the jungle
  • use these images to create virtual reality (VR) and immersive environments that can ‘bring the jungle to the people of the world’ 
  • use the VR to elicit knowledge about jaguars from locals and international experts
  • combine this information with statistical and mathematical models to better estimate and predict the location and abundance of jaguars, and the challenges they are facing
  • use this evidence to help identify land for a jaguar corridor in Peru, where jaguars can safely live and move
  • use these different technical, mathematical, local and international ‘eyes on the wild’ to develop effective monitoring and protection plans for jaguars 
  • work with the big cat foundation, Panthera, to link into the Pan American jaguar corridor.
  • use the ‘eyes on the wild’ approach to support other conservations efforts, in Peru and across the world.

The eyes of researchers

We are a collaboration between Lupunaluz Foundation in Australia/Peru, the Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers.

Our project focuses on some of Peru’s deepest jungle regions: Imiria Reserve, a remote indigenous controlled region near Pucallpa, and the Pacaya Samiria national reserve near Iquitos

Our first pilot trip was in November 2015.This site tells the story of that trip. Our second trip is in August 2016 to establish a long-term study with the local people. Contact us if you would like to help support us or learn more about our trip and our work.

Find out more about our adventures with conservation, technology and modelling. See our outputs: