Global Internship Program (GIP): Owl Monkey Project
This unique opportunity allows Penn students interested in biology, ecology, and/or zoology to have hands-on field experience with the owl monkey population in Formosa Province, Argentina.
Number of Spots Available:
Between Mid-May and Early June 2018
In 1996, Claudia Valeggia and Eduardo Fernandez-Duque established research projects in the Formosa Province in Argentina. Eduardo's site on the Guaycolec ranch and his work in Formosa Parks focuses on primates and non-human mammals. As their research developed, Claudia and Eduardo founded the Fundación ECO, whose aim is to promote education and conservation in the Province of Chaco, Argentina.
The Owl Monkey Project
takes place in Formosa Province, Argentina. The study area, located in the gallery forests along the Pilagá River in the Argentinean Gran Chaco is part of the 1,600-hectare Owl Monkey Reserve established in 2006. The Argentinean Gran Chaco is one of the most biodiverse ecoregions in the country and the southern cone of the American continent. This makes the Argentina Chaco not only an important conservation area, but also an ideal place to study the species that conform it. The area includes a mosaic of grasslands, savannas, xeric thorn forests, and semi-deciduous forests. Due to its environmental heterogeneity and its wetland system, Formosa Province is a priority for the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development of the South American Great Chaco.
The project's field site is in Estancia Guaycolec, a 25,000 hectare privately-owned cattle ranch along the banks of the Pilagá River. The research station in the city is in Barrio Gral. José de San Martín, a neighborhood in Formosa City.
Some health and safety risks to be aware of in the field include:
- Insect discomfort (especially mosquitoes and ticks)
- Vaccines are not required, but the tetanus vaccine is recommended by the Owl Monkey Project