Wednesday 23 March 2016

Tribal warriors catch giant snakes for science

Discovered by the outside world just 60 years ago, the Waorani Indians have led a remote, isolated existence deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon for generations. But with oil companies looming ever larger on the horizon, a shadow is being cast over their humble way of life. But now the tribe has a champion in the form of researcher Renata Leite Pitman. Pitman reveals to BBC Earth how an unlikely, yet fruitful, partnership between scientists and Waorani Indians, is leading to exciting discoveries that may ultimately help conserve their ancestral home.

By Christina Holvey
24 March 2016

Living in one of the most challenging wild places on Earth means the Waorani have had to forge a unique relationship with the wildlife here. Their respect for the forest has led them to understand the importance of looking after its long-term welfare. Their tread lightly policy includes hunting only what they need, to ensure that their impact is sustainable.

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