Peoples of the Amazon lowlands in Loreto, Peru, depend on fish as a mainstay of their diet. They learn to fish at a young age, and spend a good part of their lives catching fish. Pictured are two boys on a beach during the dry season on a tributary of the Amazon.
Like so many species, woolly's are at risk of extinction due to multiple threatening human activities including habitat loss, over-hunting and climate change ("Lagothrix lagothricha": IUCN: Vulnerable). Seasonally flooded forest, Loreto, Peru.
Water hyacinth is native to the Amazon River System; it evolved there and is a natural and essential part of the Amazon ecosystem. Unfortunatley, due to the beauty of the flowers it has been introduced in many parts of the world and has become a problematic invasive species. Close-up of the flowers ("Eichhornia crassipes"; family Pontederiaceae).