January 24, 2012
Today we had a full day of giving presentations to employees of the national reserve, local police, and people from Forestry y Fauna (Peru's Division of Wildlife). Roberto and Raul gave a talk on amphibians and diseases. Dr. Reading gave a presentation about distance sampling and ways to do surveys on Lake Titicaca and finally I spoke on amphibians in captivity. I felt the people that came to the workshop really got a lot out of our talks. I could tell by the questions they asked, that people were engaged in frog conservation. The employees took us out for lunch to a restaurant that had no kitchen! We ate a traditional Peruvian meal of lamb that was slow cooked underground (Pachamanca) in a rock oven. The meat was very good. Everyone sat around and ate the meat with their hands. I was a little scared but it turned out to be very good. Later in the afternoon Arturo showed up from Bolivia. Arturo is the leading expert on the frogs in Lake Titicaca. Denver Zoo has begun supporting his efforts with conserving the Lake Titicaca Frog.