A Pivot on the Path, #Smithsoniannationalzoo, Washington DC

We enter a warm greenhouse filled with the lush vegetation of Amazon Rainforest.  It is summer year-round in the Amazon, but there is a rainy season, with increased rainfall and flooding of the river— and a dry season, when it rains less.  When Dr. Chas and I visited the Amazon Basin of Peru during the dry season of 2016, we could walk on paths through the rainforest like this paved path at the zoo where Laura observes the tropical foliage.  Here, inside the greenhouse, the birds, butterflies, and mammals are free in the enclosure with the visitors. As Laura reaches a pivot on the path, we wonder what species we will encounter next.