Our founders have a deep-rooted connection to the Amazon River Basin, having participated on multiple expeditions to this natural wonder, including the 2001 Blakexpedition voyage where Sir Peter Blake was shot and killed by river pirates.
As December 2011 marked the tenth anniversary of Blake's passing, two of our team members joined 'Worldwise Expeditions' to Brazil's Amazonas to commemorate Sir Peter and return to investigate the communities, wildlife, and health of this unique rainforest and river system.
Below we have included some local conservation organizations, research initiatives, as well as excellent science-based websites working to create awareness for the Amazon.
Founded by president Miguel Rocha da Silva in the Amazon region of Novo Airao, Rio Negro, this foundation is unique in its purpose and success with local communities.
Miguel is one of the most respected and genuine ambassadors for the Amazon and its people. Having long called Manaus home, he still says his 'heart is with the forest', and his work as guide to countless expedition teams over the years speaks for itself.
This fundação aims at teaching local communities to live sustainably with their environment, and respect what their surroundings can offer, and teach them. Children are learning about growing plants and trees, the importance of caring for them, and recycling wood to create new products.
At the foundation, a craft center collects refuse from sawmills where it is turned into beautiful wooden replicas of Amazon wildlife. Newspaper is also recycled into paper and sold.
In this community of 14,000 people, Miguel's foundation is the largest employer. He is working to teach the youth basic principles of conservation, so that their environment will continue to sustain them for generations to come.
Communities established along the Amazon river and its countless tributaries depend on the wildlife in the water and the bounty found in the forest. Some of the largest species of fresh water fish are found in the Amazon, and the rainforest has nutritious treasures like the Brazil and Cashew nuts, the Acaii berry, Pinapple, Manioc, etc. Teaching locals to nurture their natural resources is paramount, especially in a time when deforestation, over fishing, and pollution are major issues threatening the sustainability of the Amazon's ecosystems.
A wide range of articles, publicaions, maps and charts relating to the Amazon River Basin allow for an in-depth look at such issues as deforestation, habitat degradation, greenhouse gas emissions, etc.
To visit this site click here: http://www.mongabay.com/
Known for 'basking' in the sun, this friendly shark is the second largest after the Whale shark.
Basking Sharks are impressive migrators, historically found in all of our ocean's temperate zones. Although fished aggressively in past centuries, today the Basking shark is most commonly found in the waters off New Zealand, Canada and Ireland.
Like his cousin the Whale shark, the Basking shark is a filter feeder, relying on Zooplankton and small Invertebrates as its main source of nutrition.
Reaching sizes of up to 10 meters, these sharks are gentle giants, known to swim slowly and near the surface of the water. Characterized by their docile nature, Basking sharks are an easy fishing target, and they are still hunted for their flesh, fins, and the gallons of oil produced by their livers.
Basking sharks equipped with research tags have proved to scientists they can swim across oceans and cross equators along their journeys. They have also been seen breaching and swimming nose to tail in what is thought to indicate mating behavior.
With fewer than 8,000 female Basking sharks left in our oceans, scientists are hurriedly trying to learn more about these mysterious creatures. Some believe they could become indicators of climate change given they are constantly following, searching for, or feeding on a great indicator of eco-system health, Zooplankton.