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Protecting the Wildest Place on Earth

Apr 10

7:00 PM
Kaplan Family Library DC 218

Mother of GodJourney into the Amazon Rainforest
Amazon explorer Paul Rosolie to present lecture at the Mount

Deep in the jungles of the Amazon, thousands of stories are forged every day that no one will ever know.

No one, that is, except for explorer and author Paul Rosolie.

Rosolie will present “Protecting the Wildest Place on Earth: Journey into the Amazon Rainforest” on Monday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College. The lecture, free and open to the public, will take place in room 218 of the college’s Dominican Center, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh. Light refreshments will be served.

When Rosolie embarked on a journey to the western Amazon in 2006 at the age of 18, he didn't know the experience would transform his life forever. In the Madre de Dios (“Mother of God”) region of Peru, where the Amazon River begins, the cloud forests of the Andes converge with the lowland Amazon rain forest to create the most biodiverse wilderness on the planet.

In a true story of adventure and discovery that spans more than nine years, Rosolie will whisk his audience to the most inaccessible reaches of the Amazon. Along the way, he encounters massive snakes, isolated tribes, prowling jaguars, giant anteaters, and the rest of the jungle’s fury in the Wild West of the natural world. It is a journey into the last great wilderness that ultimately asks the question of our time: How much longer will these places exist?

The primordial depths of the Madre de Dios are in grave danger, Rosolie warns – and they’re running out of time.

A book sale and author signing will follow the talk.

Rosolie is a naturalist, explorer, author, and award winning wildlife filmmaker. His short film “An Unseen World” won the UN Forum on Forests 2013 short films award. Specializing in tropical rainforests, his work has taken him to Borneo, India, Brazil, Peru, and beyond.

The lecture is presented by the Mount’s Kaplan Family Library & Learning Center, the First Year Experience (FYE) Program, the college’s Office of International Programs, and the Division of Education.

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