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Bolivian Amphibian Initiative


Background:

Located in Cochabamba the Bolivian Amphibian Initiative focuses on species endemic to the Andean Highlands, and more specifically on the Giant Titicaca Water Frog.  They have a breeding center and an amphibian museum with which they hope to create a greater awareness around the issues surrounding the fragile ecosystems of the amphibians of Bolivian.

Objectives:

The objective Bolivian Amphibian Initiative is to protect and study more than 261 species endemic to Bolivia. The BAI strives to collect scientific data on amphibians of this country and hopes to use it to help establish a natural conservation plan that will contribute to worldwide efforts in amphibian protection.

Who does BAI help?

The BAI works with amphibian population native to Bolivia and educates local comunities where these species are found encouraging and promoting environmental conservation.

Working Conditions:

Workers and volunteers of the BAI can work in both urban and rural settings, depending on their areas of interest, their professional background and the needs of the organization.

BAI Projects:

The Bolivian Amphibian Initiative hopes to reach their objective of protecting amphibian populations implementing the following different methods:

  • Studies that complete the lack of information and shed light on the  environmental conditions of amphibians in Bolivia.
  • Training in herpetological methods to a number of people from local communities, park-guards and young biologists.
  • Education designed for local communities, kids from schools and protected areas staff.
  • A pilot program in captive breeding of the threatened species.
  • Presence on social media and the internet to promote the protection, research  and activities of the organization.

The projects involve environmental volunteering with animals in Bolivia. Although the main objectives of the organization lie in the field of environmental conservation and biology, the wide range of programs of the BAI requires persons with a variety of different professional and academic backgrounds.

Volunteer / Internship requirements:

  • Beginner Spanish
  • Willingness to work in diverse environments; both rural and urban
  • Basic knowledge of environmental conservation
  • Minimum one month commitment