© Diego Mosquera 2019

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I dedicate this page to my parents, Maricruz and César, who left this world too early.

 

The majority of information on this page comes from many bibliographical sources, own work, observations in the field and talks with many scientists. I can not thank Kelly Swing enough. He is a true living encyclopedia and probably the person who knows the most about diversity in Yasuní. The "Proyecto Camaras" would not have seen the light without the support of John Blake and Bette Loiselle (University of Florida - Gainesville), who worked very hard to get the first grants and every year transmit their wisdom and scientific knowledge to us. Of course, without David and Consuelo Romo I would not be writing these lines and my gratitude goes to them for their tireless support. The first photos and the start of the project were possible thanks to Jaime Guerra and Santiago Molina.

 

Infinite thanks to Alicia Oriana, Brandt Ryder (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute), Tony Di Fiore (University of Texas at Austin), Terry Erwin (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History), Jennie Berglund (Harvad Museum of Natural History), Paul Hahn ( Wildlife Learning Foundation), Chris Paine, Susan McDonald, Ian Thompson, Heather Heying and many other people and researchers who with their knowledge and work help us in the arduous task of generating information about the jungle.

 

Getting photos and videos is not easy. Long days are required in the field and a lot of waiting time, often with discouraging results. However, thanks to the support of all the workers and volunteers of the Tiputini Station, things became easier. Special thanks to Charlotte Arthun, Mariano Grefa, Froilan Macanilla, Eduardo Gutierrez, Juan Pablo Muñoz, Juan de Dios Morales, Cosima Faludi, Berta Miralles, Daniel Zayonc and especially to Gaby Vinueza. Many people gave their unselfish help to the project, especially Barbara Murk, Keith Heyward, Darrell Bolger, Larry Gumina, Andrea Osborn, Alberto Caro, Adolfo Cordero, Anjali Kumar, Andrew Curran, Shawn and Bejat McCraken, Bonnie James, Ben Burnett, Brigid Pain, Fabricio Rodriguez, Felipe Vallejo, David Yunes, Jamie Weber, Joy Collins, Pablo Corral Vega, Melissa Arias, Mary Bustillos, Laura Abondano, Daniel King, Kim Tice, Pia Honne, Rachel Golden, Rob Burton, Santiago Galarza, Scott Dyke, Isabel Crespo, John Kelly, Isabel Fugere, Evan Kuras, Jessie Williamson and Johnatan Suh.

 

Special thanks to Maria Antonieta Zalles, Jerry Belant and Maria Teresa Mora.

 

To all of them, and all the people who work for conservation, thank you very much!

About the author of this page

I am an Ecologist from Universidad San Francisco de Quito and have a Master's Degree in Geographic Information Systems. I have worked in different protected areas of Ecuador and have been working in the Ecuadorian Amazon for about 15 years. Since 2005, I am the resident manager at TBS and a researcher, leading the "Proyecto Camaras". I am particularly interested in the ecology, diversity and behavior of mammals, especially felids, and in the relationships that influence the composition of animal communities. I am an amateur photographer and lately I also work with drones, exploring their applications for conservation.