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Building the eBioAtlas

Building the eBioAtlas

Partnering with scientists to restore biodiversity 

In response to our world’s double crises of climate change and accelerated biodiversity loss, Exodus Adventure Travels have made a Nature Positive commitment, to ensure our adventures give far more back to nature than they take. As part of this commitment, we are excited to establish a partnership with the tech science company NatureMetrics.  We are supporting their work which, together with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN),  is building an important database of biodiversity, the eBioAtlas.

Together, we are enabling our clients to take part in the collection of environmental DNA samples on their adventures, collecting freshwater samples to help support conservation action and inform world biodiversity policy – with Citizen Science Departures on selected trips. To put this new science to the test, Exodus recently led a small team on a 10-day scientific expedition deep into the Peruvian Amazon to help understand what is currently living in a remote tributary in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Community Reserve, and how this data collection method could be used to protect and benefit both the wildlife and the communities that live alongside it. Find out more below. 

What is the eBioAtlas?

The eBioAtlas, a joint initiative of IUCN and NatureMetrics, aims to monitor biodiversity in different areas around the world, in order to map the distribution of various species and contribute to global knowledge of ecosystems through genetics and cutting-edge technology.

The sample-taking process is based on the fact that species leave traces of their DNA in different environments, such as waterways, wetlands and forests. Using the innovative eDNA technique, it is possible to know the species present in different ecosystems, as well as their migration habits by simply pushing water through a filter with a syringe.

The information collected will be part of the world’s largest repository of flora and fauna species data, contributing not only to local biodiversity but also to a complete global map. This will inform species assessments on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and help identify sites in need of protection as Key Biodiversity Areas.

Why and how is Exodus involved?

Our planet faces unprecedented challenges – not only the climate crisis, but biodiversity collapse. The nature and unique ecosystems that we take clients to explore on our adventures are vital for the survival of our global society but are left increasingly under threat. As a tour operator, creating sustainable adventures is at the heart of everything we do and how we operate, and we are continuously and proactively seeking ways to make a positive impact. We wanted to take a big step further in our commitment to the natural world, which is why we are taking a nature positive approach to our adventures. One of the ways we set out to achieve this is by seeking to support projects that promote nature’s restoration and regeneration, like the eBioAtlas programme.

This project not only enables us to use our trips to help support a scientifically ground-breaking conservation initiative, but it also enables our clients and supplier partners to get directly involved in increasing our knowledge of endangered species around the world and helping to preserve and restore nature.

To read more about Exodus’ commitment to nature, through our Nature Positive plan, click here.

“While taking the samples themselves was the real motive of this trip, the power of this technology came to life throughout the expedition. We followed stories of local voices, biodiversity and gaps in our understanding to uncover ways of how best to conserve and protect these environments.  

We met with local communities to learn how this data could provide evidence for what fish species are present in their lake. A comprehensive picture of what lives there is critical to support local stakeholders in their efforts to mobilise their own fisheries management plan. We also took samples at the junction of the Rio Maranon and Rio Ucayali to understand more about the iconic Pink Amazon River Dolphin. We still know little about their diet and so hope this data will help answer some of those important ecological questions.  

Finally, we pushed up into the Blanquillo river, to our final site of sampling. For the first time, this expedition has the potential to set a strong biodiversity baseline to work from which will help measure and track changes in the region in a robust and scalable way.” 

– Lizzie Daly

Our Citizen Science Departures

Exodus and NatureMetrics have partnered together to enable client involvement in eDNA (environmental DNA) sample collection across a number of our trips throughout the world – we’re calling these our Citizen Science Departures. These samples will play a vital role in building the eBioAtlas, and once they’re analysed, clients on these trips will receive an update on what valuable conservation data samples from their trip has helped to identify.  

Read our blog to find out what we found from the samples in 2023.

We are excited to offer Citizen Science Departures on a selection of our trips, highlighted below. These ‘Special Departures’ are displayed on the Dates & Prices tab. For further information on the sampling process, click here.

Zambezi Canoe Safari

Building the eBioAtlas
8 Days from £ 1999
£ 1849

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Canoeing and walking safari in the Zambezi Valley.

Wildlife

Wildlife & Wilderness of Botswana

Building the eBioAtlas
14 Days from £ 3099
£ 2849

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

A Safari through Botswana's best wildlife reserves and Victoria Falls

Wildlife

Discover Costa Rica

Building the eBioAtlas
15 Days from £ 3299

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Join eagle-eyed guides for a wildlife-watching trip through mountains, rainforest and the Caribbean and Pacific coasts

Wildlife

Finnish Wilderness Week

Building the eBioAtlas
8 Days from £ 2299

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Mixed activity week in a remote part of Finland

Winter

Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

Building the eBioAtlas
8 Days from £ 1649

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Unveil one of the world's best wine regions in Italy.

Walking & Trekking

Trek America: Canyons & National Parks

Autumn in Yosemite Valley, USA
11 Days from £ 4699

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Visit five breathtaking National Parks in the USA

Walking & Trekking

Portugal: Walking & Wine – Premium Adventure

Premium Adventures

Building the eBioAtlas
8 Days from £ 2549
£ 2429

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

A deep-dive into Portugal's premier wine region, the Douro Valley.

Walking & Trekking
New

Best of Colombia

Building the eBioAtlas
9 Days from £ 2599

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Medellín, Tayrona & Cartagena – a mix of cities, lush countryside, tropical coastline & more.

Culture

Classic Dolomites – Premium Adventure

Premium Adventures

Building the eBioAtlas
8 Days from £ 1999

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Superb walking in Italy's most spectacular mountain range

Walking & Trekking

Discover the Baltics

Building the eBioAtlas
12 Days from £ 1849

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Visit three countries in twelve days, through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Culture
New

Walking the Isle of Skye

Building the eBioAtlas

Rugged landscapes and pretty fishing villages

Walking & Trekking

Walk Spain's Sierra Nevada & Granada

Building the eBioAtlas
8 Days from £ 1279

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Stunning walks through Spain's highest sierra

Walking & Trekking
New

Jordan: Culture & Nature In Depth

Citadel, Amman, Jordan
12 Days from £ 2199
£ 1999

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Our most comprehensive Jordan trip. Visit every UNESCO site, plus nature reserves and all the highlights.

Culture