Report: Natural History Museum Cancels Trip to Paraguay

Fearing for the disruption of the lives of the indigenous people in Paraguay, the Natural History Museum has opted to cancel what would have been its biggest expedition in 50 years.

The Telegraph is reporting that the Natural History Museum has cancelled the trip to northern Paraguay because it feared it would risk the lives of indigenous people.

According to the report, the museum had hoped to send out scientists last year to discover hundreds of new species in the "Gran Chaco," a vast dry forest that has as much wildlife as the Amazon but is relatively unknown.

However, human rights groups protested that the 40 scientists and their large backup teams could stumble upon groups of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation, and pass on dangerous and even fatal diseases. There was also concern that the scientists would be in danger from the Ayoreo tribe, who can carry bow and arrows.

The trip was suspended in November to allow for consultation with the tribes. The Paraguayan Ministry of the Environment, that is leading talks with the Ayoreo, believe an expedition can go ahead at some point in the future and are keen to try and document the unknown wildlife in the area, according to the report.



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