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Paul Rosolie  Naturalist/Explorer. Posting dispatches from the front lines of conservation in Amazonia, India, & beyond. #rainforest #wildlife #adventure

http://www.paulrosolie.com/

Many people know that when certain animals are hurt, especially mammals, they have the ability to know when we are helping them. When snakes are hurt I swear they can sense your intention. They know.

I was up in a tree one time. Above the jungle. And a pair of these flew by - just a few feet a way. It took me a while to recover. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Red and green macaw - Ara chloropterus

Have you ever let a house cat lick you and noticed how rough their tongue is? Well big cats have that too - but their tongues are so big that you can see the spikes on their tongue, and they can pretty much lick the flesh off of their prey. If you Google ‘tiger tongue’ I guarantee you’ll be amazed. They actually have TEETH on their TONGUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anyway, this beautiful girl used to love licking my sweaty forearm, which HURT because of those tongue-teeth. But it was pure magic.

Riding with the giants as they are hauled out of the jungle. Everyone knows that we are losing rainforest rapidly. We have been for decades. One of the worst parts of my job is having to see it. …… These giant ironwood trees are crucial pillars of the rainforest, and home to thousands of species including endangered macaws. .
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This was once a forest. Thick with giant trees, orangutans, and thousands of other species. Now it is nothing. …
Indonesia is home to tigers, elephants, rhinos, and one of the most rainforest rich countries on earth. And it is being torn apart. This is some exciting work by my friends at @thegeckoproject and @mongabay_wildtech . It explores the forces behind this kind of atrocity and answers the question of WHY we are losing so much habitat. And when we know why - we can start on the HOW of stopping this from continuing. …………Check out the trailer and the incredible work these guys are doing at https://thegeckoproject.org/indonesiaforsale/home

Just a moment on the rainforest floor with one of my most beautiful little friends. *Also notice the bird call. That first one is an undulated tinamou - the anthem of the Amazon. The second time is one of my goofy friends :)

I love this pic so much. @lucydablin and @gowri_varanashi are two of the most badass women I know and that snake they are holding is an 18 foot 6 inch anaconda that we named Eleanor. She weighed 220 pounds but was extremely lean (had she eaten anything she might have weight 100-200 pounds more!) Anacondas are a symbol of creation in the Amazon, myth has it that they created the great curved rivers that bear their shape. Perhaps because females are far larger than the males (an example of sexual dimorphism), or because they give live birth to dozens of snake babies, they have always been a strongly feminine image: the Queen of the Amazon. ………………………………………………………………………….
In the spring I’m leading an anaconda research trip with @tamanduaexpeditions where we’ll be delving into the secrets of these incredible snakes. We’ll be doing groundbreaking research in some of the most vital rainforest ecosystem on the planet. Check out www.tamanduajungle.com to learn how you can join. I promise you, these snakes are incredible beings. They’ll change your life.
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Skinny beautiful things

I'm stoked! I guess I should explain that I struggled a LOT in school and always got miserable grades. Part of that was being kept indoors all day (when I wanted to be out in nature), part of it was dyslexia. By high school it was so bad that I actually dropped out - ditched junior and senior year - took my GED and went to college. Along the way I had more than a few comments from teachers about my grades, and what that would lead to later in life. But today I just received my copy of a British textbook that features a short piece I wrote for National Geographic Traveller UK. The kid with the worst grades, who dropped out - now in a text book. And as a cherry on top - I'm on the page next to Joseph Conrad! .
You can read the piece online here: http://www.natgeotraveller.co.uk/smart-travel/author-series/notes-author-paul-rosolie/)
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Everyone always asks me about the ‘scary’ water in the Amazon. They can’t believe that one of the best things you can do after a long day of trails and transects is jump in and cool off. They all think that the moment you touch a toe into the river, piranha are going to eat your flesh down to the bone. The truth is very different. I’ve never seen a piranha unless fishing for them (usually we use smaller fish or pieces of meat as bait). And let me tell you this - you better be SUPER careful when taking them off the hook. Cause those jaws will take off the tip of your finger in the flash of an instant. These are beautiful and fascinating fish. What I like about piranha is there is lots of them, so I don’t feel bad about throwing a few in the pot for dinner. And let me tell you… Fried piranha is about as good as it gets!

There around 1500 species of butterfly in the part of the Amazon I work in, about 4000 across the Amazon Basin. Once you start noticing them, you get this ‘gottacatchemall’ type of sickness that makes you chase them, obsess over ones you haven’t seen, and lose it altogether when you see one that you’ve never seen before. This completely clear winged butterfly flew in front of me and I lost it. I knew instantly I’d never seen it before, and also that it wasn’t going to let me get a picture. I went back to the research station pretty let down. In 10 years I’d never seen that butterfly, and it had gotten away. Then @carrrrlllz comes in and tells me she saw the coolest thing - a butterfly that was completely clear - only she had a net AND she had a picture. This picture.

Amazon river patrol.

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