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Our area of research, Panguana, is located on the lower Río Llullapichis, which is an eastern tributary of the Río Pachitea.

In the Amazon more species of tree grow on a few hectares than in all of Europe.

Peru  Rainforest Amazon Pachitea Llullapichis  Panguana Species Diversity : Regenwald

In 1968 the German zoologist couple Maria Koepcke and Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke founded the research station Panguana in the Peruvian rain forest at the Río Llullapichis (=Yuyapichis), which was named after the common tinamous bird "Panguana" (Crypturellus undulatus, Tinamidae) where they did their research. Two local wooden huts that had been abandoned served as shelter for the two of them. Two square kilometers of rain forest were measured and criss-crossed with paths. Many observations and publications came out of their studies. The famous ornithologist Maria Koepcke died in a tragic plane crash, and ended the field research. Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke made his observations, valuable field notes and often unusual theories available to many scientists. After he returned to Germany he worked in the herpetology department of the Zoological Institute and Zoological Museum at the University of Hamburg. Today Panguana is one of the few areas of the Amazon basin of which we have an extensive knowledge.

The attractiveness of Panguana is its variety of different biotopes. High forest free of floods (terra firme), secondary and riverside forest, black, white and clear water, different riverbank biotopes, plantations and pastureland offer biologists of all research branches an excellent basis for examination. An extended research stay in Panguana is an experience stays with you forever. Very simple living and working conditions that demand a willingness to accept privation and to improvise are a part of the experience (Verhaagh 1986).

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