• The video above is from the January 2013 iPad edition of National Geographic magazine.

    Yasuní National Park is a rain forest in Ecuador, near the Amazon River. People are creating a lot of change in the rain forest. There is oil in the ground. Digging up the oil hurts the plants, animals, and people that live there. Watch the video to see some of the animals.

    In this video, photographers from National Geographic magazine take pictures of animals found in Yasuní National Park:

    • (00:39) Tim Laman took pictures of diurnal animals—animals that are active in the daytime, such as monkeys.
    • (01:27) Steve Winter used hidden cameras to take pictures of animals such as jaguars.
    • (02:00) David Liittschwager took pictures of small animals, such as butterflies, ants, and spiders.
    • (02:38) Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky took pictures of the Waorani, a group of people who live in Yasuní National Park.

    Project Idea
    Document the environment in and around your home or school by collecting photos, video, and notes about the people, plants, animals, and things around you. If you want to focus on plants and animals, try this activity on backyard bioblitzing for more instructions.

    1. Most of the National Geographic magazine photographers took pictures of animals that live on land, such as monkeys, jaguars, and butterflies. These are called terrestrial animals. Aquatic animals live in rivers, lakes, or the ocean. Yasuní National Park has many rivers. What aquatic animals do you think live in Yasuní National Park’s rivers?

      Answers will vary! Some of Yasuní’s aquatic animals are fish, crabs, caimans (similar to alligators), and river otters.

    2. David Liittschwager took pictures of very small animals, mostly bugs. What bugs could you take pictures of?

      Answers will vary! Many bugs, such as ants, beetles, flies, spiders, and butterflies, can be found in most places.

    3. The photographers took pictures of diurnal (daytime) animals, small animals, and animals that can only be photographed with hidden cameras. What other kinds of animals do you think the photographers could have found in Yasuní National Park?

      Answers will vary! Aquatic animals such as fish and caimans, frogs and toads, rats, snakes, deer, birds, lizards, anteaters, bats, centipedes, and lizards are just a few animals found in Yasuní National Park!

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    bioblitz Noun

    a field study in which groups of scientists and citizens study and inventory all the different kinds of living organisms within a given area.

    Encyclopedic Entry: bioblitz
    camera trap Noun

    remote-activated camera that relies on changes in light or motion to automatically take a photo.

    diurnal Adjective

    active during the day.

    elusive Adjective

    difficult to capture.

    humid Adjective

    air containing a large amount of water vapor.

    indigenous Adjective

    native to or characteristic of a specific place.

    journalist Noun

    person who reports and distributes news.

    mimic Verb

    to copy another organism's appearance or behavior.

    national park Noun

    geographic area protected by the national government of a country.

    rain forest Noun

    area of tall evergreen trees and a high amount of rainfall.

    Waorani adjective, noun

    people and culture native to the Amazon and other river basins of eastern Ecuador.

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