James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

Friday Photo: Adolfo

Without the help and support of local field guides, our work in the Amazon simply could not have happened. This is Adolfo, aged 64, he comes from a village on the edge of the Pacaya-Samiria reserve, I’m not sure its name, but I’m told it’s around eight hours by dugout canoe. Adolfo and the other guides were invaluable, leading our surveys out on to the water or into the forest. They taught us about the tree spirits and medicinal plants, showed us game trails and shared with us the secrets of life in the Amazon.





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