The forgotten forest

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In the 19th century, the green ocean of the Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlantica in Portuguese) stretched from Northern Brazil to Argentina. But then settlers came and trees toppled before an onslaught of stone, concrete, steel and plastic. Finally, only isolated patches remained. 

Now, all that is changing. In the run-up to the Rio Olympic Games, women and men of good will are set on breathing new life into the forgotten forest wherever they can. 

As an entire population devotes its efforts to a unique program of reforestation, we see life fill the biological corridors established between green islands of fragmented forest. Before our eyes, wildly colorful batrachians, howler monkeys and sloths rebuild an ecosystem we thought lost forever.