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Story Publication logo October 20, 2020

Photo Essay: A Life Protecting the Aquatic Creatures of the Amazon (Portuguese)

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José Gregorio, leader of the Guardia Indígena Ambiental (Indigenous Environmental Guard), poses for a portrait. The photo shows a logo on the front of his shirt representing his organization, which protects the Amazon forest surrounding the Amacuyaco River. Image by Pablo Albarenga. Colombia, 2020.
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In the heart of a dark triangle in the deep rainforest lie three border towns: Leticia (Colombia)...

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Two women, Lilia and Karina, feed a manatee that they found stranded on the bank of the Amazon River. The woman on the left feeds the manatee by hand while the women on the right holds the manatee in her lap.
Lilia and Karina, from the Natütama foundation, feed a manatee that they found stranded on the bank of the Amazon River. Image by Pablo Albarenga. Colombia, 2020.

As part of the Rainforest Defenders Series project, Pablo Albarenga aims to chronicle the stories of Amazon Colombian leaders who dedicate their lives to defending the rainforest. This photo essays follows one such leader, Lilia Isolina Java Tapayuri, a passionate defender of the Amazon's pink river dolphin. 

 To access the full photo essay in Portuguese, visit the El País website here.