Wildlife monitoring in Arena Blanca Reserve, San Martin, Peru

wildlife monitoring

The Arena Blanca Reserve is an ideal place for birdwatching and photography, however, through the monitoring we have initiated, other species of fauna have been recorded, which demonstrates the effectiveness of the conservation actions taken there.

Description of the project

Arena Blanca Reserve and Ikam Expeditions have signed a cooperation agreement, where one of the actions is to monitor wildlife species to check the natural condition of the forest and report new species reports to the different interested people.

In this context, wildlife monitoring has begun using camera traps, which have been installed in observatories, where mainly bird species are already being recorded. The idea of installing the cameras is to know the total number of species that arrive at the site, their frequency and times of appearance.

This first record had the following characteristics:

  • Location: Arena Blanca Reserve, located in the buffer zone of the Alto Mayo Protected Forest.

  • Recording equipment: Bushnell Core Low Glow 24 MP.

  • Duration: 6 days.

  • Recording hours: 24 hours.

  • People in charge of monitoring: Norbil Becerra, Julio C. Tello and Carlos Chuquilin.

  • Data processing: recording and processing (photos and videos) in excel

Monitoreo de fauna silvestre en Reserva Arena Blanca (RAB)



  • A total of 873 shots (photos and videos) of fauna species were recorded.

  • Five birds and five mammals were recorded.

  • The species with the highest number of records and number of individuals was the White-tipped Dove.

  • The Rufous-breasted Wood-quail, a species of great interest to birdwatchers and photographers, was recorded at least two different times; previously it was thought to have only one occurrence per day.

  • Also, there were high numbers of Orange-billed Sparrow and Little Tinamou, in this last case there was a record of an adult with two cubs.

  • A surprisingly unexpected report was a ocelot. In addition, other mammals such as Lowland Pacaañuje, Black agouti and wild mice were recorded.

Number of records of species

Note: 2 species of wild mice that could not be identified were also recorded.