Having a Moment, #Smithsoniannationalzoo, Washington DC

We leave the American Trail to enter Amazonia.  Here, we enjoy browsing through a heated building on this cold March day.   Our first stop is a huge aquarium, where we encounter species that live in the Amazon River.  Here, Laura has a moment with an Arapaima—the largest freshwater fish in the World—who is curious about the visitor to his habitat.  I was fortunate to visit the Amazon Basin of Peru in 2016, and to learn about this giant fish from the locals who love to fish and eat Arapaima.  Because it became so popular, fishing Arapaima was regulated to limit the catch and it was farmed to restore the population.  The restoration is considered a success, and today this fish is eaten by locals and served at restaurants.