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.
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.
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?
David Liittschwager took pictures of very small animals, mostly bugs. What bugs could you take pictures of?
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?
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.
active during the day.
difficult to capture.
air containing a large amount of water vapor.
native to or characteristic of a specific place.
person who reports and distributes news.
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.