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A journey into the jungle

Scrollytelling shows life and research at the field station in Peru
Professor Eckhard W. Heymann has been researching monkeys in the Amazon rainforest of Peru for 40 years. Photo: DPZ
Schwarzstirntamarine im Amazonasregenwald Perus. Foto: Cindy Hurtado
Black-fronted tamarins in the Amazon rainforest of Peru. Photo: Cindy Hurtado

Deeply hidden in the South American rainforest lies the DPZ's oldest research station. The Estación Biológica Quebrada Blanco (EBQB) in Peru has been operating since the 1980s for studies on free-living monkey species. Eckhard W. Heymann has managed the station from the very beginning and has done pioneering work in observing the tamarins and titi monkeys that live there. Heymann retired at the beginning of this year, but the station is still being run by the DPZ for a number of projects.

Together with Eckhard W. Heymann, you can now take a virtual trip to the EBQB station on the Amazon. Everyday life at the station and the research work are presented in the form of a multimedia Scrollytelling. From the long journey to the station to life in the camp and the various insights gained through decades of research, the interactive site provides a fantastic overview.

What makes it special: It is a single website without navigation elements, sidebars or banners. Text, image, audio and video elements form a story that you can only move through by scrolling up and down.

The Scrollytelling was designed and implemented by Jana Wilken, a trainee in the Communications department at the DPZ. "The topic lent itself well to this type of media presentation, as we had a lot of beautiful images and videos," she says. "I had no previous experience, but I really enjoyed familiarizing myself with the required program and had a lot of fun implementing the whole project.“

The result is impressive. Eckhard W. Heymann agrees: "The website shows very clearly how life takes place in the camp and how challenging but also fascinating field research in the deepest rainforest can be.“

To the English version of the Scrollytelling