No tropical area on earth is as vast and untouched as the Amazon Rainforest, and no other is home to so many animal and plant species. The dimensions of the forest are colossal, as is the importance of its natural dynamics for all the inhabitants of our planet. But the truth is, we know little about the wildlife of the Amazon.
Sheltered under the immense suspended carpet of the canopy and hidden in the shadows of the dense forest, much of the animal life in the Amazon goes unnoticed by satellite sensors and the watchful eyes of biologists and locals alike. The fact is that to date there is no effective method for observing wildlife in tropical forests on a large scale. That's about to change.
Now, the Amazon Rainforest is the site of a revolutionary remote monitoring system: Project Providence has created technology capable of monitoring, in real-time, the fauna of this vast and iconic biome.
Providence technology has been developed by Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development (Brazil) and the Laboratory of Bioacoustics Applications of the Polytechnic University of Cataluña (Spain), with financial support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, DENSO Industrial da Amazonia LTDA and the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovations of Brazil (MCTI).