- Tahuayo Reserve
The western Amazon rainforest,
found in Peru, is known to have the greatest diversity of flora and fauna
found in the world.
refer to this region as the "green paradise" of the Amazon forest.
Within this region there exist exceptional national parks and reserves
that contain the best wildlife viewing experiences to be found in the
The best in northeast Peru is the Reserva Comunal de Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo.
The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo was designated a reserve by the Peruvian government
in 1991 to protect the range of the rare red uakari monkey, an orangutan-looking
monkey with a bright red face. Subsequent scientific research has found
one of the world's richest variety of plants, amphibians, reptiles and
Thought to be a Pleistocene refugia (a zone that remained forested during
the last ice age, when most of the Amazon became dry savanna), many species
have been found here which exist nowhere else in the world. The reserve's
mammal diversity has been proven to be the greatest of any region in all
of the Amazon. The number of primate species is the highest of any protected
park or reserve in the world. Scientists studying birds, amphibians, and
plants have found the respective species assemblages to be "outstanding,
unusual and exceptional".
The diversity of other species is also outstanding. Our bird list has
533 species, including several species that cannot be seen on other tours.
Several new species of frogs and butterflies have recently been described
here as well.
The reserve is managed with one of the most innovative conservation
programs in the Amazon. It is the only program that enlists the collaboration
of natives living downriver to subscribe to game management goals set
by conservation managers. Fund raising for the conservation program is
operated by the Rainforest Conservation Fund. Amazonia Expeditions is
a major financial donor of the Fund as well as working to reinforce the
goals of conservation among the local communities.
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