The Harpy is a scary beast.
First, congrats to the winner of the Harpy Chick Naming contest! I want to share the name of our beloved five-month-old harpy chick from Refugio Amazonas is Elpis, which means Hope in Greek.
Over 150 years ago, in the steamy jungle of the Amazon Rainforest, the explorer and naturalist Henry Walter Bates was watching two different butterflies fly side-by-side. He had discovered that one was poisonous, which would make any predator sick if it was eaten. He also knew that the other lacked any poison defense.
Since 1989, Rainforest Expeditions has been an ardent supporter of macaw research through the Macaw Project. Viewing macaws is one of the most special experiences guests can have while they tour the Amazon rainforest at our lodges. But did you know that 20% of all scarlet macaws that hatch will die of starvation?