Victor Valley College Tropical Research Initiative
Herpetofauna of Timor-Leste
Phase IV
(we are recruiting for Phase V - see below for details)

The logo of the Victor Valley College, Tropical Research Initiative, Timor-Leste Reptile and Amphibian Survey

January 17th to February 5th 2011

Map of Timor-Leste
(click to enlarge and view Phase IV 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 IV took place during late January and early February 2011 and included eight of the members from earlier phases of the survey. A list of participants for Phase IV follows:

Hinrich Kaiser (Instructor and Expedition Leader, Victor Valley College)
Mark O'Shea (Deputy Leader)
Robert Sewell (Logistics and Students, Victor Valley College)

Victor Valley College students:
Caitlin Sanchez
Scott Heacox
Paul Landry
Joanna Flores
Kyle Olsen
David Taylor

Universidade Nacional do Timor-Leste students (Benny and the Jets):
Venancio Lopez Carvalho (Benny)
Luis Lemos
Agivedo Ribeiro (Laca)
Zito Afranio Soares

The VVC Phase IV team:
Back row: Hinrich Kaiser, Kyle Olsen & David Taylor;
Middle row: Venancio (Benny) Carvalho, Mark O'Shea, Joanna Flores, Paul Landry, Caitlin Sanchez,
Zito Afranio & Scott Heacox.
Front row: Robert Sewell, Luis Lemos &
Agivedo (Laca) Ribeiro.
click to enlarge

The locations in Timor-Leste visited during Phase IV in 2011 are listed below.

During the project we also maintained a blog in the Expedition Field Notes section of this website.

1. Dili District:
a) Dili, Dili District
b) Comoro River, Dili District

2. Manufahi District:
a) Dili to Fatucahi, Manufahi District
b) Fatucahi, Manufahi District
c) Lake Lenas, Manufahi District
d) Fatucahi to Same, Manufahi District
e) Same & Trilolo River, Manufahi District
f) Ladiki & Mirbuti, Manufahi District

3. Manatuto District:
a) Nancuro, Manatuto District

4. Covalima District:
a) Same to Suai, Covalima District
b) Suai, Covalima District
c) Tilomar Forest Reserve, Covalima District

5. Ainaro District:
a) Suai to Maubisse, Ainaro District
b) Maubisse, Ainaro District

6. Dili District:
a) Maubisse to Dili, Dili District
b) Dili to Ataúro Island, Dili District
c) Ataúro Island, Dili District
d) Tua Ko'in, Ataúro Island to Dili, Dili District
e) Mt Manucoco, Ataúro Island to Dili, Dili District
f) Tua Ko'in to Beloi, Ataúro Island to Dili, Dili District
g) Ataúro to Dili, Dili District

7. Dili District:
a) Dili, Dili District

Expedition Results - a full life-list for the 2011/1 expedition to Timor-Leste.


Are you interested by what you've seen on these pages?
Do you think you've got what it takes to become a field herpetologist?
Do you want to be involved in fieldwork leading to the discovery of new species?
Are you fit and healthy, with a thirst for adventure ?

Then why not apply to join the VVC Reptile and Amphibian Survey of Timor-Leste as a field assistant and learn the ropes from two highly experienced field herpetologists, Drs Hinrich Kaiser and Mark O'Shea.