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The Atchafalaya swamp is an immense floodplain in the heart of Louisiana. Flooded forests dissected by tranquil bayous provide refuge for an astonishing array of wildlife. It’s the largest river swamp in the world, where thousands of juvenile river shrimp make their epic journey North every year, ospreys raise their chicks on the water’s edge, alligators lurk beneath the water surface and a deafening chorus of frogs cuts through the night-air. As we discover the wonders of Atchafalaya’s wildlife, we also meet people who have made it their business to study, protect and live with the animals in this vulnerable wilderness.



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    Bobcat Refuge

    Bobcats are rarely seen in the wild, due to their nocturnal habits and dwindling numbers.

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