Did you know that most of the world species are still undiscovered? In fact, scientists estimate that there are still five million living organisms that we have yet to identify! The best thing: most of them are in the Amazon, Tambopata included!
The International Barcode of Life project is building a DNA barcode library, the foundation of a future DNA-based identification system for every living organism on Earth. Their goal is to create a 'bio-literate world,' where we have the ability to identify any animal or any plant, in a matter of minutes. At Tambopata, we are contributing by cataloging some of the rarest species of insects.
That means that our when our guests go out on collection walks with scientists, trap different insects and then analyze their appearance, their life stage, their sex, sexual reproduction and other characteristics and we submit these to the IBoL. On average, we discover one new species a month through this work.
Guests at Refugio Amazonas Lodge are invited to participate in this Wired Amazon project during their stay by working with our researchers to trap insects from five different groups and analyzing the findings. If a guest does discover a new species, they get to name it too!
Join us and support the building of a bio-literate world!