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Overview: This training program targets students with interest in wildlife handling, zoology, or veterinary science. Students will participate in annual capture and release programs focused on nonhuman primates, bats, birds, and small to medium size terrestrial mammals (rodents, marsupials, armadillos, tayras) in southeastern Peru. Participants will work alongside several wildlife biologists and veterinarians obtaining opportunities to handle a variety of mammalian and avian species, gaining valuable knowledge of their biology, learning to record morphometrics, collecting and processing a variety of samples, and becoming competent in several roles that are vital to a successful health screening program. Our work in this project is sanctioned by the Amazon Conservation Association, the Animal Care Committee of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and the Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (SERFOR) in Perú.

Program dates: May 27 – July 21, 2019
Start dates: May 27, June 3, June 10
Minimum stay required: 5 weeks (in special cases we will consider 4 weeks)
Application deadline: April 14, 2019 (limited spaces available on a first-come basis)
Program fee: $450/week; $2250 for 5 weeks
Appeals to majors: Vertebrate Physiology, Anthropology, Veterinary Science, Zoology
Training areas: Animal mark-recapture and handling, health assessments, vital signs monitoring, morphological measurement, sample collection and storage.

Program link: https://fieldprojects.org/research/

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