In an effort to protect its rich biodiversity and the sacred lands of indigenous people, Peruvian government has announced that it will create a huge national park in the Amazon that will stretch across 2,147,166 acres of the rainforest.
Yaguas National Park boasts of a vast river system and is home to more than 3,000 species of plants, 500 species of birds and 160 species of mammals, including giant otters, woolly monkeys, Amazonian river dolphins and manatees. The park also features 550 fish species—one of the richest fish faunas in the world.
The new park will “not only maintain a natural sanctuary, which is home to unique species in the world, but also generate opportunities for indigenous families,” Prime Minister Mercedes Aráoz said.
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