Logo of Victor Valley College Tropical Research Initiative
Crest of República Democrática de Timor-Leste.
Map of Timor-Leste
(click to enlarge and view Phase II fieldwork locations)
The Victor Valley College Tropical Research Initiative comprises the first ever intensive herpetofauna survey of Timor-Leste, the second youngest country in the world. For more information on the background to this project visit the Phase I home page.
Phase II took place during late January and early February 2010 and included nine of the members of the original Phase I survey. A list of participants for Phase II follows:
Hinrich Kaiser (Instructor and Expedition Leader, Victor Valley College)
Mark O'Shea (Guest Researcher)
Victor Valley College and other Californian students:
Dan Suzio (wildlife photographer)
Mary Jane Weil
Timorese students (Benny and the Jets):
Venancio Lopez Carvalho (Benny)
Agivedo Ribeiro (Laca)
Zito Afranio Soares
VVC Expedition 2010 at Dili Airport, Timor-Leste
Back: Venancio Lopez Carvalho (Benny), Dan Suzio, Luis Lemos, Claudio Abate (Special Advisor to the
Prime Minister of Timor-Leste), Hinrich Kaiser, Eric Latham, Mark O'Shea, Scott Heacox, MJ Weil;
Agivedo (Laca) Riberio, Zito Afranio, Jester Caballos, Caitlin Sanchez, Marianna Tucci.
click to enlarge
The locations in Timor-Leste visited during Phase II in 2010 were:
1. Baucau District:
Baucau, Baucau District
2. Dili District:
a) Atauro Island, Dili District
3. Ermera District:
a) Sta.Bakhita, Eraulo, Ermera District
4. Liquiça District:
a) Maubara, Liquiça District
5. Dili District:
a) Dili, Dili District
(includes photographs from our dinner meeting with President José Ramos-Horta)
Expedition Results - a full life-list for the 2010/1 expedition to Timor-Leste.