Natural History Museum unveils brand new exhibition
Colour and Vision, Through the Eyes of Nature

The wonder and beauty of life in the Peruvian Amazon is being celebrated in a brand new photography exhibition at the Natural History Museum

crees, a non-for-profit organisation, located in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, is delighted that two photographers – Field Research Coordinator Chris Beirne and former Rainforest Journalist Assistant Jack Mortimer – have their stunning images showcased at the exhibition. This is a testament to their skills and talent, as well as the awe-inspiring diversity of life in the Peruvian jungle.

The Manu Learning Centre (MLC) – the hub of crees and a Rainforest Alliance verified accommodation which has been designed especially for education and research – is found in Peru’s Manu Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. Jack visited the MLC to undertake a six month conservation internship and enjoyed it so much that he returned to spend a year as crees’ rainforest journalist assistant. While Chris coordinates all the field research projects at the reserve that represent the biodiversity and conservation value of regenerating forests. He also loves photography and spends every spare moment he gets capturing the creatures that share crees’ forest home.

The exhibition runs from 15 July – 6 November and uncovers how vision first evolved. It looks at how colour in animals suddenly became the difference between life and death, with pigments and iridescence being used as a warning, a disguise or even an irresistible invitation. The exhibition invites visitors to investigate how different animals see the world, while exploring their own relationship with colour through interactive experiences and immersive films.

To discover the magic of the Peruvian Amazon and to see its wildlife first hand, visitors can now visit the Manu Biosphere Reserve as a guest of crees. The only active carbon offsetting tourism programme in Peru, the itineraries crees Tours have been designed not only to provide guests with an unforgettable responsible holiday experience but also to help the crees Foundation continue its work in generating an improved future for the Amazonian rainforest and its people. With all profit injected back into the company, crees’ aim is to achieve complete self-sufficiency. From 3 to 10 nights, the tours include a range of itineraries – Classic, Adventure, Family, Wildlife, Photography and Tailor-made. All tours include full board and lodging, excursions and specialist guides.

For all enquiries about crees, please contact the UK office on +44 (0)20 7581 2932 / www.crees-manu.org

For more information about the Colour and Vision Exhibition at the Natual History Museum visit: www.nhm.ac.uk

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