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The FZS Peru Program

Conserving the mega-diverse east slope of the Andes and Amazonian lowlands of Peru

Monitoring in Peru
Giant otter monitoring in Manu National Park
The area of southeastern Peru where the Andes mountains meet the Amazon basin in the most biodiverse area on earth; Manu National Park holds world records for bird, reptile and amphibian diversity. Similarly, the nearby Tambopata National Reserve is known for its butterfly and dragonfly diversity. In Peru, large expanses of pristine forest are still found in various national parks and indigenous reserves. These areas safeguard important populations of threatened species such as the Giant Otter and Andean Bear, and are home to some of the last remaining indigenous communities. Recently, FZS began working in the Yaguas Reserve Zone in northeastern Peru, which is one of Peru's most important sources of fish due to its unique landscape and aquatic habitats.

FZS started working in Peru in 1969 and has since supported various projects to protect threatened species over the next decades. In 1990, FZS began a detailed study of Giant Otter ecology Manu National Park, which evolved into the integrated park protection program in 2002. Since 2005, the number of protected areas in the region has continually increased. In 2015, FZS expanded its support in Peru to include nine protected areas that collectively cover more than 30,000 square miles.

FZS works in close collaboration with the Peruvian national protected area authority (SERNANP) to protect these valuable areas.

What we do in Peru


  • Support the ongoing protection of nature reserves
  • Construct and maintain infrastructure in protected areas
  • Build capacity for park guards and protected area staff
  • Improve education for the Matsiguenka communities in the Manu Biosphere Reserve
  • Conduct environmental education in native and rural communities in and around protected areas
  • Develop, plan, and implement ecologically compatible tourism
  • Conduct biological and threat monitoring in protected areas
  • Support participative management of natural resources within the protected areas and buffer zones 

We also undertake specific projects that focus on threatened species, including:


  • Giant Otters
  • Andean Bears
  • River Turtles
  • Catfish