Environment: The Last Roundup

Deep in the Darien jungle of Panama last week, a long, pink cayuco (dugout canoe), propelled by an outboard motor, skimmed over the 150-ft.-deep waters of the newly formed lake. Spotting a floating tree trunk ahead, Tomas Perez, a Panamanian Indian, gave the motor full throttle, then lifted the propeller out of the water. The canoe slid easily over the log, hardly disturbing its other occupants, TIME correspondent Bernard Diederich and an odd assortment of caged animals. Following closely behind were two more cayucos manned by other Panamanians and a fiberglass boat carrying...

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