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Manú National Park is the most bio-diverse place in the world!

By Agnes Rivera

Cameras were used to capture thousands of images of species living in the biosphere.

Manú National Park is the most bio-diverse place in the world!

(Photo: Andina)

During the dry season that runs between May and September, the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNAP) installed 60 cameras in Manú National Park to capture images of the various species inhabiting the area. The 20,000 images registered were then evaluated and centered into a large database in order to compare global populations of terrestrial vertebrates.

The result?

Manú National Park can now claim title of having the highest biodiversity rate in the world. This is added to the park’s achievement of claiming the greatest amphibian and reptile diversity back in January 2014.

TEAM-Network, responsible for installing the aforementioned cameras, had similarly studied areas in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere in Latin American.

According to the organization’s rating scale, the biodiversity of Manú has a value of 1.64, as compared to Latin America’s 1.10, and an overall global index of 1.06.

Although Manú National Park covers an area from Madre de Dios to Cusco, the cameras were placed solely in the Pakitza sector and the Biological Station of Cocha Cashu.

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