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Student winner: Adrià López Baucells, University of Lisbon Climbing in the tropics. Manaus, Brazil. – BiOME Ecology Magazine
Individuals and Populations Student winner: Adrià López Baucells, University of Lisbon Climbing in the tropics. Manaus, Brazil. While walking in the pristine Amazon rainforest looking for bat roosts and selecting spots to set up our mist nets to capture bats for our scientific research, a faint and almost imperceptible noise suddenly caught our attention just above our heads. An outstanding anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla) was climbing with exceptional ability in a tangled mess of branches and lianas. With an enjoyable smile and unbelievable calmness, the animal observed our movements, inspected how we took the camera out of our bags, slowly and smoothly, and examined our agitation. He seemed to enjoy being the subject of a photography session in the most biodiverse ecosystem on Earth. He then continued climbing up to the canopy where we eventually lost sight of him.