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Ecuador's Yasuni National Park

Explore the vast natural riches of one the most bio diverse places on earth.

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Yasuni National Park in Ecuador is reputed to be the biologically richest place on earth. Its 3791 square miles are believed to contain more species of plants and animals than any other comparable area.

These photos were taken by award-winning nature photographer Peter Oxford and first appeared in "Yasuni, Tiputini & the Web of Life," a book he co-authored with Dr. Kelly Swing. Pete is a biologist who was named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography magazine. His photo credits include National Geographic, Smithsonian, and International Wildlife. A founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ICLP), Pete works as a team with his long-time partner and wife Renee Bish, with whom he has published eight books, two of which focus entirely on the Galapagos Islands.

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Red titi monkeys live in small family groups and display their territory through complex vocalizations that sound like demonic laughter coming from the forest understory.

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The very rare and most powerful eagle, the harpy eagle.

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A giant silk moth caterpillar.

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White-lipped peccaries visit the mineral-rich mud wallows to bathe, drink and socialize.

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Indigenous people use many plant species such as this Cauliflorous flower for medicinal purposes.

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White-lined leaf frog.

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Fig trees yield fruit that is an important part of the diet of many forest animals, which in turn disperse the trees' seeds.

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Three-toed sloths spend most of their time hanging upside-down from trees, feeding on leaves.

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Many katydids like this dead-leaf katydid, have details such as the mid-vein of a leaf and flanges on their legs that improve its camouflage so that it's nearly impossible to spot.

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The smallest of all new world primates, the pygmy marmoset, feeds on tree sap.

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Canopy walkway.

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Gray brocket deer visits a saltlick.

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Living high above the ground requires the slender-legged treefrog to be a great acrobat.

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Dusky-headed parakeet (Aratinga weddellii) at claylick in Yasuni National Park, Amazon rainforest, Ecuador.

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Imperial moth.

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The yellow-nosed calico snake or false coral snake is rear-fanged with a mild venom.

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A mother red howler monkey with her young climbs effortlessly into the high canopy.

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A flowering emergent tree amid the rainforest canopy is one of the most deciduous species.

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Sulfur butterflies often gather in great numbers at river banks to absorb certain minerals from the substrate.

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A rare sighting of a black panther or black jaguar.

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Common squirrel monkey feeding on philodendron fruit.

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Leaf mantid.

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Early morning fog on the Tiputini river.

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Jumping Stick Insect.

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The leaf litter toad next to the pungent stinkhorn toadstool that attracts flies for spore dispersal.

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Ontogamo Kaimo, a Waorani native, returns home from the Yasuni forest with a peccary he speared. Peccaries are the favored food of the Waorani.

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