Tarantula of the Amazon Rainforest, Explore and Discover, Peru

By January 11, 2017March 8th, 2019Amazon Rainforest

 This afternoon we take a nature hike through the rainforest of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve to search for wildlife and other creatures. This reserve is the largest area of protected rainforest area in Peru, but we will see only a tiny portion of it on our riverboat adventure.  As we walk through the jungle with our guides, a member of the local community brings us creatures, like this tarantula, to observe.  The hairy spider’s venom is deadly to smaller prey.  The guide offers us a chance to handle him carefully in open palms, but he can produce a painful bite, or an allergic reaction, and he seems more content on the palm frond.  With this global photo story, I salute the indigenous people of the remote rainforest who help us explore their native home.