Victor Zambrano has dedicated his life to the restoration of natural forests in the Madre de Dios region of Peru’s southeastern Amazon, fostering ecologically stable and socioeconomically productive landscapes.
My eyes are open, but the world around me is black. The Peruvian nightfall has quickly cloaked our craft in impenetrable darkness. After hours afloat on the Tambopata River, the clattering outboard’s last gasps yield to the primal cacophony of countless rainforest creatures. The long, narrow vessel languidly glides to shore as our leader clicks on a heavy-duty searchlight, scanning the muddy banks for a suitable place to put in. No longer lulled by the moving boat’s breezes, I wipe fresh moisture from my brow. The expedition leaders’ anxious Spanish shouts pierce the night like verbal gunfire. Finally the group disembarks, hoping to God that the guides have found the correct clearing in this nocturnal landscape. If we’ve missed the path to our lodgings, there isn’t another human settlement for dozens of miles in any direction…
In recognition of 50 years of dedicated service to conservation, it is with pleasure that the Board of Directors of the ACEER Foundation presents to Dr. Thomas Lovejoy the 2015 ACEER Legacy Award. The Legacy Award was established in 2012 to honor an individual or individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to conservation in general, and conservation of the Amazon rainforest in particular.
I believe that we have a dynamic relationship to nature. And if you pay attention, you might discover that a particular plant or animal in nature will sometimes choose us. They find their way into our psyche and spirit and teach us things, if we are open.
These photos from the ACEER ¡Amigos! Summer 2015 program show the type of work ¡Amigos! does in the Amazon. The objective of ¡Amigos! A Partnership for Education is to create, develop, and implement environmental education programs in the Peruvian Amazon as a basis for developing environmental awareness and sustainable use of natural resources. …more about ¡Amigos!
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