Rio Roosevelt Expedition

Brazil nuts and rubber support many families living in the rainforest

We learned that Panelas, the tiny settlement we stayed in last night, spends half the year under water. During the rainy season (November to April) the Rio Roosevelt rises nearly 30 feet. The surrounding forest is completely flooded, along with shoreline farmsteads and settlements. Residents move inland and wait for the waters to recede. In …

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Animals abound on the Rio Branco

6_2_14StudentResponse(Lower) 6_2_14StudentResponse (Upper) Our first few days on the river have been full of animal encounters. We have seen over 30 macaws, howler monkeys, giant river otters, tapir tracks, many different butterflies, tons of fish and even an electric eel! The electric eel is one of the Amazon’s most amazing critters — It packs a …

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