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The FZS Peru Programme

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 south-eastern 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 and the nearby Tambopata National Reserve for butterfly and dragonfly diversity. Here large expanses of pristine forest are still found in a series of national parks and indigenous reserves. These areas safeguard important populations of threatened species such as the Giant Otter and Andean Bear, and are also home to some of the last remaining groups of people living a traditional nomadic existence who shun contact with modern society. Recently FZS began working in north- eastern Peru, in the Yaguas Reserved Zone, due to its particular and amazing landscape and aquatic habitats, one of Peru´s most important sources of fish.

FZS started working in Peru in 1969 and supported projects on various threatened species over the next decades. In 1990 a detailed study of Giant Otter ecology began in Manu National Park and this evolved into the integrated park protection program in 2002. Since 2005 the number of protected areas has continually increased. In 2015 FZS expanded its support to the North, summing up to nine protected areas that cover more than 8 million hectares.

FZS works in close collaboration with the Peruvian national protected area authority (SERNANP) supporting them in their work to protect these amazing areas.

What we do in Peru

Our main activities include:


  • Support for protection of protected areas
  • Infrastructure construction and maintenance in protected areas
  • Building capacity for park guards and protected area staff
  • Improving education for the Matsiguenka communities in the Manu Biosphere Reserve
  • Environmental education in native and rural communities in and around protected areas
  • Development, planning and implementation of ecologically compatible tourism
  • Biological and threat monitoring in protected areas
  • Supporting participative management of natural resources within the protected areas and buffer zones 

We also undertake specific projects on some threatened species including:


  • Giant Otters
  • Andean Bears
  • River Turtles
  • Catfish