Wildlife watching in Patagonia, Argentina

Wildlife watching in Patagonia, Argentina
Visit La Esperanza Wildlife Refuge in Patagonian Argentina and experience one of the best wild encounters on Earth.

Sitting on the warm pebbles of a vast beach, with the scrub desert of Patagonia spreading out behind me, there’s not another person to be seen from one horizon to the next. Alone, I watch as a southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) catapults its 30-ton body above the waves.

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Wildlife watching in the Dry Chaco

Wildlife watching in the Dry Chaco
This article was first published on the Roving Reporter blog by World Land Trust

What’s it like to go off the tourist trail and discover a remote wilderness? Bethan John finds out on a visit to Paraguay with a team from World Land Trust

Against the glare of the afternoon sun, turkey vultures circle in the vast cloudless sky. I screw up my eyes to watch as their wings, from time to time, give way to a drunken wobble. They soar majestically, but this distinct teetering marks their flight.
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Birdwatching in the Yanacocha Reserve, Ecuador

Birdwatching in the Yanacocha Reserve, Ecuador
Discover a prime birdwatching site near Quito, the capital of Ecuador, that’s protecting the Critically Endangered black-breasted puffleg

Ecuador’s capital Quito, wrapping around the eastern slopes of the towering Pichinicha Volcano, is just an hour away from the Yanacocha Reserve. As we head out of the city and towards the volcano’s summit, our truck winds up the 1,000-meter ascent across vast fields of agriculture.
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At home with the howler monkey

At home with the howler monkey
This article was first published on the Roving Reporter blog by World Land Trust

The Chocó Rainforest is a wild world – and one under threat. We explore this rainforest, in remote north western Ecuador, to meet some of its noisier residents.

Like clockwork, at 5.50am every day, the rainforest wake ups. At first, the bird song is a murmur, a whispering chatter of chirps and tweets, like gossiping nuns at chapel. Beneath the soft haze of mosquito netting I lie there among them, a silent intruder, listening.
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Golden poison frog: saving the world’s rare & deadly

Golden poison frog: saving the world’s rare & deadly
This article was first published on the Roving Reporter blog by World Land Trust

If we don’t act now to save the golden poison frog we may drive this extraordinary species to extinction

A crowd of schoolchildren race across the dry earth runway to meet our small plane. I step out into a wall of heat. An armed policeman takes my name and passport number, before I’m greeted by Luis Gabriel Mosquera, Deputy Director at Fundación ProAves (ProAves).

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Video: Wildlife watching in Los Llanos, Venezuela

Video: Wildlife watching in Los Llanos, Venezuela
A hotspot for wildlife and bird-watching enthusiasts, Los Llanos – The Plains – is a vast tropical grassland to the east of the Andes in Colombia and Venezuela

While in Venezuela, I went on a three day trip to explore the sprawling savannah of Los Llanos. It was one if the best wildlife watching experiences of my life. There were so many ‘firsts’ for me: seeing a giant anteater, pink river dolphins and a mighty anaconda!

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Video: Exploring Brazil’s rainforest & wildlife

Video: Exploring Brazil’s rainforest & wildlife
A forest can be replanted. A habitat can thrive with wildlife again. This is the message hope that you can see flourishing in the REGUA Reserve

When walking the trails of the REGUA Reserve the rainforest hums, almost vibrates, with activity. It’s hard to believe that the area was once farmland; the wetland drained and the trees logged to make way for cattle. It stands as thriving testament to what can be achieved by effective habitat rehabilitation.

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Video: can we save the golden poison frog?

Video: can we save the golden poison frog?
The golden poison frog, an incredible creature with enough poison to kill 10 people, is an Endangered species being driven to edge of extinction… until now

Meet conservationist Luis Gabriel Mosquera, who is working in the Chocó Rainforest in western Colombia, establishing the first conservation project to protect the Endangered golden poison frog – one of the world’s deadliest creatures.

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