The logo of the Victor Valley College, Tropical Research Initiative, Timor-Leste Reptile and Amphibian Survey
Map of Timor-Leste
click on the map above for a more localised map of the intended expedition area
The Victor Valley College Tropical Research Initiative comprises the first ever intensive herpetofauna survey of Timor-Leste, the second youngest country in the world and the youngest in Asia.
Initiated in 2009, the project has so far comprised four phases and documented upwards of 50 species of amphibians and reptiles, including new country records, new island records and completely new species.
NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EXCITING PROJECT
WHICH HAS SO FAR DISCOVERED NEW FROGS, LIZARDS AND SNAKES,
A PROJECT WHICH COULD BE SUBTITLED
"ANIMAL PLANET MEETS SURVIVOR"
Led by experience field herpetologists Drs Hinrich Kaiser and Mark O'Shea Phase V will concentrate on Lautém District at the extreme eastern end of Timor island, around Lake Ira Lalaro, home of the endemic snake-necked turtle and a land-locked saltwater crocodile population, and in the Paixtau Mountains, a limestone escarpment that has never been explored by herpetologists. Click on the Timor-Leste map above for a more localised map of the intended expedition area.
The potential for species 'new to science' is high!
We will also continue survey work in Dili and Baucau Districts on the north coast.
TIRED BUT HAPPY!
The VVC Phase IV team (Jan-Feb 2011):
Back row: Hinrich Kaiser,
Kyle Olsen & David Taylor;
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
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING THEN DOWNLOAD THE FOLLOWING:
Timor Course Prospectus Jun-Jul 2011.pdf
Study Abroad Agreement Packet.pdf
Please note: You will need to fund your participation on this expedition and you will also need to be fit and healthy because working conditions can be arduous and living conditions can be basic, even at times uncomfortable.
You bring youself, your personal kit and your enthusiasm.
We will provide field equipment, field training, travel, adventure and excitement.
The deadline for applications is 2nd May 2011
The deadline for non-returnable deposits is 9th May 2011
For more information contact Dr Hinrich Kaiser <firstname.lastname@example.org>
But hurry, there are only FOUR places left.