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Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - When traveling two months ago in the protected areas of the Cerrado, we were met with signs of exotic wildlife at every turn. It was easy to run into fresh South American Lobo Guará (wolf) tracks. We even saw a jaguar while coming back from a pristine waterfall near the Chapada dos Viadeiros.

There are indigenous people living in the Cerrado and there are also Quilombos or run-away slave communities established hundreds of years ago when families were fleeing their captors.

Abundant trees with twisted shapes and cork-like trunks, make . . .

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