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Notes from an author: Paul Rosolie

In the blue pre-dawn light I’m standing in what feels like a deleted scene from Heart of Darkness. The river’s unyielding power marches infinitely past, framed in the towering walls of misty moss-bearded jungle. And so it is on this tributary for miles up river — for days and weeks up river.

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A decade in the most amazing place on earth: Paul Rosolie on life in the Peruvian Amazon

In 2005, 17-year old Paul Rosolie left the urban jungle of New York City for the literal jungle of the Peruvian Amazon. In March 2014, his memoir, Mother of God, was published by Harper. In an intense, fast-paced and passionate narrative that outdoes any Indiana Jones movie, Rosolie lays out his backwater

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Most popular environmental news stories in 2014

In 2014 Mongabay published more than 1,100 stories in English and over 450 posts in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, and Chinese. Mongabay-Indonesia published nearly 1,400 posts in Indonesian. Stories ran the gamut from light-hearted feel-good pieces to hard-hitting investigative

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Discovery Channel documentary features Virginia Tech graduate

One Virginia Tech graduate is dedicating his time and talents to making sure snakes are safe in South America for the next generation. Mohsin Kazmi is fresh off a 60-day expedition to the Peruvian Amazon rain forest to study anacondas. The eight-person team wanted to learn more about the effects

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Tamandua WIldlife Video Nears THIRTY THOUSAND VEIWS in just three days!

Mohsin Kazmi details his experiences as a conservation photographer to describe a project close to this heart: the conservation of the Amazonian Rain Forest.

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On Filming Eaten Alive: In Search of the World’s Largest Snake in the Amazonian Wild West

A twenty-foot anaconda, one of the greatest predators on the planet, has me in its grasp. It?s impossible to describe the power ? and the overwhelming primal fear ? as coils as thick as my waist tighten around me from beneath the water?s surface. Scales race over my skin in

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What I Learned from Filming Eaten Alive

Paul Rosolie studies anacondas in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.

On November 3, 2014, I woke up to check my flight status from Bangalore to New York. What I found when I opened my laptop was a mindboggling amount of emails, hate mail, death threats,

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Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon

In the Madre de Dios (?Mother of God?) region of Peru, where the Amazon River begins, the cloud forests of the Andes converge with the lowland Amazon rainforest to create the most biodiverse place on the planet. In January 2006, Paul Rosolie, a restless

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Defensor de la Jungla

Pocos lugares en Sur América son tan remotos y salvajes como la región Madre de Dios en el Amazonas peruano. Esta región se encuentra donde la Cordillera de los Andes colinda drásticamente con el valle fluvial del Amazonas en el sureste de Perú. El escarpado contraste entre las montañas y las junglas de las tierras bajas producen una comunidad única de plantas y animales, un epicentro de biodiversidad que no es posible encontrar en ningún otro lugar del mundo.Sin embargo, este ecosistema está en peligro. Nuevas carreteras atraviesan la selva y han abierto lo que era una impenetrable jungla al consumo humano. Grandes tramos de bosque primario están siendo talados y destruidos ilegalmente para recolectar madera alterando el paisaje. Cazadores furtivos recorren la selva matando en exceso y aun después de 500 años la minería de oro continua contaminando grandes tractos de jungla.
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Jungle keeper Paul Rosolie in New York City

Few places in South America are as remote, wild and biodiverse than the Madre de Dios (Mother of God) region in southeastern Peru. Found in western Amazonia the Madre de Dios is where the Andes Mountains drastically

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