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Donna Vitoria Da Riva Carvalho – a remarkable woman!

4. January 2009

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Donna Vitoria Da Riva Carvalho – a remarkable woman!

Donna Vitoria Da Riva Carvalho is a remarkable woman! Since 1990, she has been responsible, almost single-handedly, for buying and preserving 26,000 acres of pristine Amazonian rainforest at its very vulnerable Southern edge.

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In the company of Capybaras

6. December 2008

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In the company of Capybaras

So as I sat here earlier this evening, looking at a huge Amazon flat fish being barbecued on an open fire in preparation for an alfresco supper, somebody with sharper eyes than me detected two large and two not so large shapes dimly lit up by the fire.

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A treeful of toucans (part 2)

3. December 2008

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A treeful of toucans (part 2)

We stood on the huge tower, the sky gradually cleared and lightened as we scrutinised the myriad treetops and over the next three hours or so - while we swayed gently at the top of our tower - the Cristalino forest revealed an extravaganza of treasures. We had a very lucky morning!

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A treefull of toucans

2. December 2008

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A treefull of toucans

I finally reached the southern edge of the Amazon rainforest, stretching like a green wall on either side of our straight red road. A further fifteen minute drive through a green tunnel saw the road suddenly incline sharply down to the edge of the Teres Pires river

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First night jitters

1. December 2008

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First night jitters

Cristalino Jungle Lodge Matto Grosso Brazil I lay awake in my luxury bed, in my luxury room, it’s about 2 o’clock in the morning and I’m really wondering what I’m doing here.  It’s inky black. The torrential rain that followed the thunderstorm that…

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Stroking a two-toed sloth

30. November 2008

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Stroking a two-toed sloth

It's a long way from Warwick Parkway Station in the West Midlands to Rio Cristalino Jungle lodge at the Northern edge of the huge Central Brazilian State of Matto Grosso. And it takes a three-day journey to get you there - to what is now the Southern edge of the vast Amazon Rainforest.

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The Harpy Eagle – King of the Canopy

20. October 2008

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The Harpy Eagle – King of the Canopy

I saw my first Harpy Eagle just after dawn on the 24th April 1995 at the La Selva Lodge on the Rio Napo river in Eastern Ecuador

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Rainforests – worth more alive than dead

1. October 2008

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Rainforests – worth more alive than dead

In my previous blog, I introduced Prince Charles’s new Rainforest Project with its splendid objective of ‘making the rainforests worth more alive than dead’.  To outbid the loggers and developers who are destroying the rainforests to make a quick buck…

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The Prince of Forests

14. September 2008

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The Prince of Forests

The ‘blog’ plan (insofar as I have a plan) is not to talk exclusively about CTF UK and its fund-raising projects and conservation partners in the tropics – although there will be plenty of that. I shall try and bring news…

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Rainforest blogger? Geriatric? Me?

31. August 2008

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Rainforest blogger? Geriatric? Me?

If you’re the person responsible for writing Roge’s Rainforest Blog, perhaps the first thing you ought to do is establish your rainforest conservation credentials. So, if you’ll bear with me for a couple of paragraphs or so, I’ll try and…

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