the amazon rain forest


First look at Ainbo, an animated film by José Zelada at Tunche Film (Peru).

Ainbo is a girl born in the Amazon rain forest. She is protected by Motelo Mama, a gigantic turtle and the most powerful spirit of the forest. Her life changes when Yacurunu, an ancient demon, threatens her home.  

The project will be presented in Berlin for international sales, but the delivery date is still unknown. 


The Amazon rainforests are trapped in a vicious cycle of drought and death, study shows

  • The Amazon is an immense region that includes 1.4 billion densely forested acres and is home to 10% of the Earth’s recorded species. It’s also in serious danger.
  • According to a new study published Monday in Nature Communications, the Amazon rainforests are trapped in a perilous self-perpetuating cycle of drought and destruction.
  • Less rainfall leads to more deforestation, and more deforestation leads to less rainfall, and so-on. Unsurprisingly, humans are to blame.
  • The findings don’t point to “complete Amazon dieback” by the end of the 21st century, but “they suggest that frequent extreme drought events have the potential to destabilize large parts of the Amazon forest,” the researchers wrote. Read more (3/14/17 1:22 PM)

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anonymous asked:

Ainbo is an animated film by José Zelada at Tunche Film (Peru). Ainbo is a girl born in the Amazon rain forest. She is protected by Motelo Mama, a gigantic turtle and the most powerful spirit of the forest. Her life changes when Yacurunu, an ancient demon, threatens her home. The project will be presented in Berlin for international sales, but the delivery date is still unknown.

Oh my gosh, it looks SO cute! 

Check it out!


Lycaenid butterfly (Arcas imperialis) by Geoff Gallice
Via Flickr:
Lycaenidae Los Amigos Biological Station, Madre de Dios, Peru

Zombie Ant Fungus

The Zombie Ant Fungus (Ophiocordyceps unilateralis) is an entomopathogen, or an insect-pathogenising fungus. The fungus uses its spores to infect Carpenter ants. Infected ants leave their canopy nests and foraging trails for the forest floor, an area with a temperature and humidity suitable for fungal growth; they then use their mandibles to affix themselves to a major vein on the underside of a leaf, where the ant will remain until its eventual death. The process leading to mortality takes 4–10 days, and includes a reproductive stage where fruiting bodies grow from the ant’s head, rupturing to release the fungus’s spores.


Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is one of the most common owls in the Americas. They are highly adaptable hunters that are able to thrive in environments ranging from arctic tundra to harsh desert and are only absent in the Amazon rain-forest and southern part of South America. Great Horned Owls are one of the few predators that regularly feed on skunks and were described by early naturalists as “Tigers of the Sky”.

❤  Because we have today, “International Women’s Day” - I wanted to wish all the Sisters in the world the blessings of virtues, graces and the opportunities which give us the Bright Lady (divine Female Principle):   ❤

“When the first chakra is disconnected from the feminine Earth, we can feel orphaned and motherless. The masculine principle predominates, and we look for security from material things. Individuality prevails over relationship, and selfish drives triumph over family, social and global responsibility. The more separated we become from the Earth, the more hostile we become to the feminine. We disown our passion, our creativity, and our sexuality. Eventually the Earth itself becomes a baneful place. I remember being told by a medicine woman in the Amazon, ‘Do you know why they are really cutting down the rain forest? Because it is wet and dark and tangled and feminine.”

~ Alberto Villoldo (art work by Luis Tamani)

Places I’d Like to Be in the Rain
  • A ship at sea
  • London, with a black umbrella, on my way to meet a stranger in a dark, little pub where we will plot a revolution.
  • A garden in April. Everything smells fresh and damp. 
  • The middle of the Amazon rain forest, joyfully diving into a river, the call of howler monkeys and green parrots accompany the pouring rain.
  • A moor. In Scotland. Preferably riding a horse.
  • A great library. The kind with sliding ladders, floor to ceiling shelves, and maps on the wall. And maybe a fireplace. Ancient tomes are stacked around me. I’m so immersed in the book in front of me that I barely hear the rain on the rooftop.
  • Kissing someone

The Brain Scoop:
How to Protect the Rainforest

Wherein I interviewed expedition leader and rockstar Corine Vriesendorp about what it means to conserve and protect the Amazon rainforest, in light of the overwhelming global demands for natural resources. 

This is the final installment in our Amazon Adventures series. We set out with the goal to share some of the fantastic conservation work of The Field Museum’s Action Center, and I hope we came even remotely close to spreading their complex and dynamic mission. If I never get to visit the rainforest again, this trip and all of the untold opportunities it held for me – as a communicator, passionate science enthusiast, and lover of the natural world – will forever be a highlight of my life. 

So you love your children and grandchildren?
  • You have or want your beloved children or grand children to live happy & healthy lives.
  • You are living in the era of mass communication and you aren’t a complete buffoon.
  • You know (and probably ignore) that by 2040 potable water will be in short supply. 
  • You also know that environmental scientists, social scientists, the UN,scientific advisers to the President all say because of mas drought and famine, we will have resource wars by or before 2050. (Resource wars are real shooting wars for resources your children or grand children will be in).
  • You know by 2050 the human population of earth will be an unsustainable 9 billion people.
  • You know the oceans will be fished-out by the year 2050.
  • You know the Amazon rain forest (where most of our oxygen comes from) is being clear-cut at a rate of one to two acres per second 24/7 [60%. For cattle grazing, 20% for subsistence farming focusing on livestock, and 10% for large scale agriculture most of which is for livestock feed].
  • You know man made climate change caused by greenhouse gas is fueling the sixth mass extinction of species which likely will include your kids & grand kids.
  • You know 51% of greenhouse gas being pumped into the atmosphere comes from the meat & dairy industry.
  • You  know that by buying meat you are providing the incentive for producers of factory farmed meat & dairy producers to increase production.

  So how old will your beloved children and grand children be in 2050?  How old will they be when they die and what was your role in killing them?

The signs as landscapes and times of day
  • Aries: the Grand Canyon at sunset, orange light permeating the chasms
  • Taurus: the Rocky Mountains on a dewy spring morning, elk grazing on the condensation-soaked grasses
  • Gemini: halfway up Mount Everest at midday, the sun doing little to remedy the wind's fierce bite
  • Cancer: a summer night in the Alps, the sounds of wildlife laying down to rest abundant
  • Leo: the Hawaiian beaches on a lazy afternoon, crystalline waters lapping at the hot sands
  • Virgo: a winter morning in Sherwood Forest, a crisp new snow clinging to the pine boughs
  • Libra: the canopy of the Amazon rain forest at mid morning, sky scattered with colorful birds taking flight
  • Scorpio: a warm autumn night on the African plains, a pride of lions asleep in the dry grass
  • Sagittarius: the mysterious waters of the Bermuda triangle during the thick of summer travel, curiously empty
  • Capricorn: the White Cliffs of Dover on a summer day, fragments of chalk crumbling into the sea
  • Aquarius: the Arctic plains during the nights when the Northern lights shine strongest, vividly coloring the skies
  • Pisces: early morning at Victoria Falls, where the only sound to be heard is the rush of water