Expedition>> Indigenous Tribe ÔÇó UK/Paraguay
London’s Natural History Museum suspended an expedition to Dry Chaco, an inaccessible region of Paraguay, after protests that it might disturb one of the world’s last un-contacted tribes, the Ayoreo.
Indigenous rights groups feared they can be exposed to infectious diseases as a result of the expedition.
The expedition was meant to record the rich biodiversity of the Dry Chaco region and its semiarid lowland forests, stretching into Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil. It is one of the last great wildernesses of South America.
Anthropologists believe it is the only place outside the Amazon where uncontacted tribes live. They estimate the region has nearly 150 Ayoreos living in voluntary isolation. Hundreds have left the area in recent years as natural vegetation has been cleared by farmers and cattle-ranchers.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.