The Wild Magic of Colombian biodiversity

We were delighted to attend the screening of the documentary Colombia Magia Salvaje on Thursday 28th June at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Along with one hundred and fifty enthusiastic attendants, we embarked on a journey through Colombia’s incredibly diverse ecosystems. The magnificent shots took us from immaculate snow capped peaks in the Andes to the endless Amazon rainforest. The film also features some of the country’s most representative animals and plants. Animals such as the jaguar – the largest feline in the Americas – and the spectacled bear – the only bear species native to South America – made an appearance. So did the wax palm, Colombia’s national tree which can be found from 2000 meters above sea level, growing up to 45 m on the steep Andean slopes! Just to give you a taster.

Colombia Magia Salvaje is the first of its kind for Colombia and it is the most watched documentary in the history of the country’s cinema. It has successfully introduced global audiences to the extraordinary biodiversity of Colombia, the second most biodiverse country in the World, and raised awareness about the unfortunate but very real threats facing its ecosystems – expansion of agricultural and industrial activities, illegal logging, illegal trade of wildlife, water pollution, extensive mining exploitation and habitat degradation.

The event was jointly organised by RBGE and the Embassy of Colombia in the United Kingdom. A selection of photos from the reception preceding the screening is shown below. All photos by Amy Fokinther.

 

 

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