Animal Stones by Sofia Prado

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These stones come from the banks of the Las Piedras River. They have been hand painted by Sofia Prado from Mexico. Sofia is an advocate for wild and domestic animal protection.


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    The Tangarana Tree (Triplaris americana, Triplaris poepiggiana) is protected by an aggressive species of fire ant (Pseudomyrmex dendroicus). Arturo explains more in this, the first episode of ARCtv. The ants clear an area around the tree which reduces competition for light from nearby plants. They cut leaves and stems of other plants which grow too […]

  • The Amazon Boas (ARCtv S01 Ep 02)

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  • Squirrel Monkeys (ARCtv S01 Ep04)

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  • Termites (ARCtv S01 Ep05)

    Pound for pound, the weight of all termites in the world is greater than that of all human-beings put together. Termites cannot digest their own food. Instead, within their gut they have colonies of microscopic bacteria and protozoa, and it is these tiny creatures that digest the wood and then excrete carbohydrate, which the termite […]

  • Howler Monkeys (ARCtv Se01 Ep06)

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