Wednesday, June 23, 2010

In Memory of Peter Jenson

Forty-six years ago Peter Jenson, an American archaeologist & geologist, started one of the first jungle lodges in the Iquitos, Peru, area. Since then Amazon Explorama Lodges has expanded to
become a complex of four lodges and ACTS (Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies), a field station for research and a spectacular canopy walkway. During this time countless Peruvians built careers and reputations while working under Peter's tutelage. Peter also started a program for student groups to come learn about the rainforest. His love for the rainforest and the local people fueled his work over the years. He loved to laugh and tell stories and educate people about the rainforest.

Peter was diagnosed with cancer last September and after treatment at the Mayo Clinic he returned to the rainforest he loved so much. In his final weeks he discussed how things could continue to be improved. Sadly, Peter passed away June 20th. Hundreds of people lined the river to honor Peter, and emails of condolence and stories of Peter's impact on so many people have come pouring in.

Peter was friendly and kind to all and will be deeply missed. His wish was to be cremated and to have his ashes scattered from the top platform at the canopy walkway, over the rainforest he loved.



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