Amazon Adventure tells the epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates’ fascinating 11 year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850’s.
As in any great detective story, audiences will experience, in immersive IMAX®, the compelling clues Bates unearths in his major discovery of the phenomenon of mimicry, whereby certain animals adopt the look of others that helps them deceive predators and gain an advantage to survive.
Little known to the public, Bates made other crucial contributions to biology: identifying 8,000 species new to science and most importantly, putting forth the first ever case for the creation of a new species, which Charles Darwin called the “beautiful proof” for natural selection.
Audiences will be wowed by the mind-boggling examples of camouflage and mimicry and inspired by Bates’ endless curiosity and determination to explore the wilds of nature from the time he was a young boy.
Henry Bates (Calum Finlay), in his Amazon workshop. Bates collected over 14, 500 different species in the Amazon and 8,000 new to science.
Henry Bates (Calum Finlay) was a self-taught field biologist and note taker. He created remarkable drawings and watercolours of his collections and observations. Several of his original notebooks are in the archives of London's Natural History Museum.
Henry Bates (Calum Finlay) and his native guide Tando (Begê Muniz) navigate across a waterfall. Bates relied heavily on the local tribes to survive in the remote areas of the Amazon.
Henry Bates (Calum Finlay) and Alfred Wallace (Ed Birch) standing at the base of a 200-foot tree. They travelled on one long expedition together up the Tocantins River, a tributary of the Amazon. They eventually split up to cover more territory but remained life long friends.
Henry Bates (Calum Finlay) and Tando (Begê Muniz) on their authentic sail boat called a “cuberta.” Bates preferred a cuberta as he could live on it and use it as a field workshop to take day trips by canoe to more remote locations.
The cuberta sails along the many tributaries of the Amazon River.
A brown-throated sloth reaches for the tree vines in the rainforest. One of 50 different species featured in Amazon Adventure.
The crab spider is a master of mimicry. Hiding among flowers and deceiving its prey - in the jungle, deception lurks everywhere.
The Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre offers a ticket discount to groups of 10 or more patrons. For your planning purposes, group showings may be scheduled in advance. If you have a specific date and time in mind that you’d like to bring your group to see "Amazon Adventure 3D," you may contact our Group Sales Coordinator, Samantha Reaves, by phone at 850.645.7777 or by email at sreaves@ChallengerTLH.com to set up a time that is convenient for you, pending availability. Please note: to receive the group rate, all patrons must pay together.