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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Conserving the Bolivian Amazon - Page 2

Written by Jie Zhou
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But the wonders of the Amazon were worth the harassment of insects. The wildlife worked together twenty four hours a day to keep silence at bay with an endless symphony. The spine tingling wailings of howler monkeys, the stampedes of wild pigs and the faint purrs of jaguar underscored the melody of insects and birds. Whilst windswept canopies and falling fruits provided a percussive backing. Even heavy torrential rain only amplified this performance, by welcoming the shrieks of ecstatic frogs. It was therapeutic and I always slept deeply. But my personal favorite was canoeing the lake at sunset. A myriad of birds rested on lakeside trees and caiman drifted stealthily below the water surface, both eagerly awaiting their feast. Dramatic displays of color rippled on the lake surface as it reflected hues of sunsets that painted the sky. Then, as sunset transitioned into twilight, massive colonies of bats embarked across the lake. Unafraid, they swooped low near our canoe, letting us hear the flapping of their wings and smell their pungent odor in the gusts beneath their wings.


It took only one brief moment to realize this magnificent place needed to be protected. But the work required to do so will outlast us all.


©Jie Zhou  


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