Wild Choronicles joins researchers to scale a giant tepui in Guyana, South America. Roraima, soaring more than 8,000 feet into the clouds, is like a prehistoric island in the sky, populated by plants and animals found nowhere else. Don't look down—this story is a real cliffhanger.

  1. How old is the tepui known as Mount Roraima?

    • Answer

      Roraima is more than 1.8 billion years old.

  2. What is Gondwanaland?

    • Answer

      Gondwanaland was a supercontinent, including parts of the present-day continents of North America, South America, Africa, and Antarctica. Tepuis are remnants of Gondwanaland.

  3. The scientists camp in "hanging tents." How are the tents secured to the steep sides of the tepui?

    • Answer

      A single steel pin clamps each tent in place.

  4. What type of bird does Jose Rivas see on his way up Roraima?

    • Answer

      Jose sees a green parakeet.

  5. What insects does Jose examine in the "hanging garden"?

    • Answer

      Jose discovers a green ladybug, a wriggling worm, a scorpion (with tiny baby scorpions attached to her), and a spider.

Noun

steep wall of rock, earth, or ice.

environment
Noun

conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.

Noun

large region that is higher than the surrounding area and relatively flat.

prehistoric
Adjective

period of time that occurred before the invention of written records.

tepui
Noun

isolated mesa found in the Guiana Highlands of South America.