Can jaguar tourism save Bolivia’s fast dwindling forests?

ÑUFLO DE CHÁVEZ, Bolivia — Few countries in the tropics have seen their trees chopped down as quickly as Bolivia did between 2001 and 2017.According to data from the University of Maryland and World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch, Bolivia lost 45,000 square kilometers (17,400 square miles) of tree cover, or 7 percent of its […]

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How Did a Dead Humpback Whale End Up in the Amazon Rainforest?

When they followed vultures into the rainforest on Marajó Island in Brazil, near the mouth of the Amazon River officials with the state health, sanitation and environment department made a surprising discovery. The birds were feeding on the carcass of a 10-ton, 26-foot-long humpback whale calf. The calf, about a year old, was in an […]

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Chainsaw Massacre: Protected areas in danger in Brazil’s state of Rondônia (commentary)

One reserve is already gone and ten others are likely to go within the next few weeks when the legislature of one of Brazilian Amazonia’s most anti-environmental states votes on overriding a veto from the state governor. The 11 protected areas total 537,000 hectares (3 percent of the state), and four of them had been […]

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Could we set aside half the Earth for nature?

As of today, the only place in the universe where we are certain life exists is on our little home, the third planet from the sun. But also as of today, species on Earth are winking out at rates likely not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs. If we don’t change our ways, we […]

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Wild birds in Brazilian state of Amazonas being illegally traded

Wild birds in the state of Amazonas in Brazil are being trafficked for food and pet trade, according to a new study published today in Mongabay’s open-access journal, Tropical Conservation Science. Researchers found that between 1992 and 2011, the state’s environmental agency had seized nearly 2,700 wild birds being traded illegally. The study shows that […]

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New monkey species discovered in the Amazon Rainforest

Flaming orange tail and ochre sideburns set new Brazilian monkey apart from its closest relatives. Scientists have discovered a new species of titi monkey in Brazil, according to a recent paper published in scientific journal Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia. Titis (genus: Callicebus) are new world monkeys found across South America. These tree-dwelling primates have long, […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Peru

#1.Peru’s national bird – The Andean Cock of the Rock Perhaps the #1 reason to visit Peru this fall is to see these incredible birds displaying at their lek site. On past tours we have had up to 15 males displaying in a truly unforgettable spectacle.     #2.Machu Picchu Some places simply must be […]

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Brazil declares new protected area larger than Delaware

Earlier this week, the Brazilian government announced the declaration of a new federal reserve deep in the Amazon rainforest. The protections conferred by the move will ban deforestation, reduce carbon emissions, and help safeguard the area’s renowned wildlife. Named Alto Maues, the new reserve encompasses 668,000 hectares of mostly pristine forest void of human presence, […]

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