A Look at the Napo Wildlife Center in Amazonia

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napo wildlife center amazonia coca airplane photo
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The Napo River feeds the Amazon; keep going downstream and you will reach the Atlantic Ocean. Underneath the lands around it is a lot of oil. Most of the lands are occupied by the Ecuadorian indigenous peoples known as the Kichwa (or Quichua). In exchange for the rights to drill on their lands, the oil companies bring them money, jobs, electricity and soccer fields.

But it also brings polluted water, prostitution, drugs, new roads used for illegal logging, and even crazy discos made out of old airplanes like this in the oil service center Coca.

Credit: Lloyd Alter