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Tree Runner lizard (Plica plica)

Tiger Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius hecale)

Red rainforest leaves

Common woolly monkey at a rehabiltiation center for animals trafficked for the pet trade

Common woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha)

Storm over the Amazon river

Red passion vine flower

Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) in the rainforest canopy

Clearwing butterfly

Giant anole

Black and yellow weevil

Amazonian Bird of Paradise

Clown tree frog (Dendropsophus leucophyllatus)

Red passion vine flower in the Amazon rainforest

Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) in Colombia

Orb spider

Social flycatcher bathing

Fishing spider

Fulgoridae family bug

Pygmy Marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea)

Indigenous Tikuna paddling a dugout canoe on a tributary of the Amazon

Clear-wing butterfly

Common Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sciureus)


Bird of Paradise in the Amazon

Tree frog

Coconut trees


Common woolly monkey at a rehabiltiation center for animals once trafficked for the pet trade

Palm fronds

Red ginger flower

Red bird of paradise flower

Orange, black, yellow, and red flag footed bug

Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) in the rainforest canopy

Juvenile green iguana (Iguana iguana)


Fallen purple flower in the Choco rainforest

Orange flower

The muddy Amazon

Small scale deforestation in the Colombian Amazon

Rain the Amazon

Rainforest leaves

Festive Amazon Parrot (Amazona festiva)

Orange spider

Canopy platform in Amacayacu National Park

River near Penalosa

Storm clouds over the Amazon

Danilo V (Arhauco)

Gorgeous blue planthopper

Tree frog

Rainforest of the Darien

Rainforest hunter

Coconut trees

Small scale deforestation in the Colombian Amazon

Sunset over the Amazon River

Green leafhopper with orange spots on its head and a black patch on its back

Thunderhead over the Amazon River


Canopy tree-climbing platform in Amacayacu National Park

Cowboys herding cattle across a river

Blue and orange insect

Pygmy Marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea)

Fuschia-colored tree flower in Colombia

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News on Colombia

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Colombia News

On April 11, protesters angry over Salazar Calvo's death, many of them indigenous miners, march through the streets of Riosucio. Photo credit: Viviane Weitzner / Forest Peoples Programme.

Indigenous small-scale miners and traditional authorities in western Colombia are facing threats in the wake of a local leader’s murder this spring.

The El Dorado Nature Reserve sits within the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range on the northern coast of Colombia. ...

A landmark achievement was celebrated in southwest Colombia in May when the Colombian Institute for Rural Development approved the expansion of ...

Norway and Colombia are in talks to establish a partnership to protect the South American country's rainforests.

When an opportunity to acquire some crucial piece of habitat becomes available, conservationists don't always have the funds at their disposal ...

For many years, study skins of a bird languished in a dusty drawer in the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural ...

Nearly two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil, making it the biggest component in the region's deforestation rate. Helpfully, ...

Conservation efforts in Borneo's embattled rainforest may get a boost with the launch of the newest version of an advanced airplane-based ...

No one had seen a single living blue-bearded helmetcrest since 1946, and the species was known only from preserved museum specimens. ...

A new platform will provide critical near-real time information and analysis on emerging threats to forests in the non-Brazilian Amazon. Officially ...

Deforestation, habitat destruction, climate change, and other man-made forces are threatening species around the world. But, often overlooked, overhunting is a ...

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has announced plans to create the world’s largest protected area, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to ...

Loss of tropical forests accelerated roughly 60 percent during the 2000s, argues a paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. ...

A new campaign is calling on consumers to directly support forest conservation with their wallets. Stand For Trees is an initiative ...

Hungry for oil revenue, governments and fossil fuel companies are moving even further into one of the world's last great wildernesses, ...

What exactly is a forest? With forest definitions differing from country to country, and primary forests, secondary forests, and even tree ...

Only a small fraction of the $7.3 billion pledged under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program has actually ...

A coalition of governments and organizations today pledged to restore 20 million hectares (50 million acres) of degraded forests and ecosystems ...

A new study faults adaptive 'Novel Ecosystems' concept with ignoring true values of biodiversity and restoration. Over the past few years ...

A terror attack by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on facilities on the island of Gorgona has prompted Colombian officials ...
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