China's Last Elephants
NATURE & WILDLIFE
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Ben Valks, the founder of The Black Jaguar Foundation, had one mission?—?to photograph the black Jaguar in its natural habitat. But what came next was so much bigger.
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Episode InformationBen Valks, the founder of The Black Jaguar foundation, had one mission - to photograph the black Jaguar in its natural habitat. After multiple jungle treks, Ben did not come back with an image of the black Jaguar, but a photo of the scorched earth instead. It is from this moment that he decided to dedicate his life to replanting the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado Savanna. Fires continue to rage through Brazil turning Rainforests into deserts. The Black Jaguar Foundation pursues one clear objective: planting indigenous trees on a massive scale to help realize the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor in order to improve the lives of each of us and of all future generations on our planet. Instead of being the focus of the foundation, the black jaguar came to be its icon. It symbolizes the precarious future of the entire Amazon and Cerrado as well as the endangerment of our own species.