"This is the Amazon as one imagines it as a child"
February 20, 2013 10:59 AM   Subscribe

"Hi, my name is Paul Rosolie. I'm a naturalist based out of southern Peru and today I'm headed into the jungle to show you a place that very few people have gotten to see. I'm in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, this is the far western Amazon and some of the deepest jungle on earth."
posted by stbalbach (10 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
Good luck Paul. But the dominant economic model is not generally sympathetic to mother nature.
posted by notreally at 11:20 AM on February 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

Fantastic video. Man, the things I'd never see if not for the internet...
posted by Drexen at 11:28 AM on February 20, 2013 [2 favorites]

Nice - I worked close to there for 5 months a few years ago, studying the saddleback tamarin. One of the folks who was at the same research station as me had a short-eared dog who I believe had been confiscated from illegal gold miners very close to where I worked. Anyway, he stayed leashed under this researcher's cabin, and they'd take him out for walks and occasionally run into other short-eared dogs (especially females, who apparently thought this guy was pretty attractive). Once, that researcher was out of town and I got to feed the dog for a few nights. The first night I went to feed him, he had killed a coral snake by biting off its head. He was pretty awesome.
posted by ChuraChura at 11:32 AM on February 20, 2013 [7 favorites]

I see "Madre de Dios region" and I think to myself that this is how it got its name:

Mother of God! What are we doing in this godforsaken jungle? We're gonna die!
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:59 AM on February 20, 2013 [3 favorites]

The video was more than I expected, and the narration very natural (contrast with Discovery Channel style). Thanks for a great post with some lovely critters. To other readers, don't skip the text interview on that page!
posted by whatzit at 1:22 PM on February 20, 2013

There are a few more videos on Rosolie's blog.
posted by merelyglib at 6:18 PM on February 20, 2013

Wow, that is really cool. I'm glad I get to enjoy it via video, though, because I sure as hell would not want to be there. Jungles are not real fun places to be for soft Westerners. Hell, they're not tremendously fun for nearly everyone.

The natives always want to cut the stuff down because they want nice, quiet, safe farms and roads and houses. If I lived there, I would want to do that too, biodiversity be damned.
posted by Malor at 7:10 PM on February 20, 2013

Actually, no they do not.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:54 PM on February 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

When reading the headline, I immediately thought of a gigantic, magic warehouse in which every consumer good in the world could be found.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:04 AM on February 21, 2013

Wow. His point of so much being in one place is well made. Still, I don't think I'll visit.
posted by Goofyy at 11:33 AM on February 21, 2013

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