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/
Holding the title for 'fattest animal in the world' , the Bowhead whale has up to 50 tons of blubber helping to keep it warm at home in the Arctic. It is also known as the "Arctic whale" or "Greenland right whale".
Some studies have suggested the Bowhead whale can live up to 200 years! They are quite possibly the oldest living mammal on earth...and they also have the largest mouth of any animal!