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Brazilian officials create 31-square-mile wilderness zone around sole surviving member of uncontacted tribeLes Stroud and Bear Grylls, you've just been beaten as the ultimate survivor. Somewhere deep in the Amazon of Brazil, a man hunts in the bush and beds down in a series of palm-thatched huts, the sole remaining member of his tribe. Government officials estimate he's in his late 40s—they discovered him when logging companies threatening to destroy his area of forest began spreading rumors of a wild man in the woods. They tried to initiate contact in order to protect him—he responded by shooting an agent in the chest with an arrow.
He eats mostly wild game, which he either hunts with his bow-and-arrow or traps in spiked-bottom pitfalls. He grows a few crops around his huts, including corn and manioc, and often collects honey from hives that stingless bees construct in the hollows of tree trunks. Some of the markings he makes on trees have suggested to indigenous experts that he maintains a spiritual life, which they've speculated might help him survive the psychological toil of being, to a certain extent, the last man standing in a world of one.Nobody really knows what happened to the rest of his tribe; some speculate they were driven off the land or even killed by rapacious loggers. Based on conversations with other surrounding tribes, he doesn't seem like a castoff from another tribe—he's just the last survivor of his own.