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

Friday Photo: Into the Amazon

Travelling from the UK to our research camp in the Peruvian Amazon last year took four long and tiring days, but it was also immensely eye-opening. By far the most enchanting part was journeying from the bustling jungle city of Iquitos up into the Amazon’s smaller headwaters on a riverboat, passing a myriad of tiny Amazonian villages and communities along the way. As night fell on the first night, we began to hear the wildlife coming alive, and when we woke from our hammocks the impenetrable wall of bankside vegetation had closed in around us. We were in the heart of the Amazon.





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