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Looking for new species in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest | Video from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

What happens when you send some of the world's top environmental scientists to a nature reserve in the Atlantic rainforest in Brazil?

In this video just released by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on their YouTube channel (, you will be able to join Professor Alexandre Antonelli, Director of Science at Kew, and his team of top experts in plants, fungi, birds, butterflies, reptiles, and amphibians, on an adventure to investigate the astonishing richness of species found in Brazil's Atlantic Forest global biodiversity hotspot.

The scenes in this video were filmed almost entirely inside the private nature reserve Bacchus, home of the ARAÇÁ Project, outside Nova Friburgo, RJ, Brazil.

In it, you can see how scientists look for new species in nature, and see the incredible variety of species that the Atlantic Forest is home to.

These scientists managed to gather in a span of hours a few hundred species of fungi, plants and animals, showing once again that the Atlantic Forest is an environment rich in biodiversity and that it is worth every effort to preserve it.

This expedition was the starting point for our ARAÇÁ Project, which hopes to receive many more researchers and people interested in developing research, knowledge and environmental awareness.

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