Yasuní, Tiputini & The Web of Life
The Yasuní National Park of Ecuador, which encloses a magnificent rain forest between the Rio Napo and Rio Curaray, is reputed to be the biologically richest place on Earth, including both terrestrial and marine habitats. More precisely, its 9,820 square kilometers are believed to contain more species of plants and animals than any other place of comparable area. The known facts support the claim: for the whole park, 596 bird species, 150 amphibian species (more than the number in all of North America), as many as 100,000 insect species per hectare, and also, growing in just a single average upland hectare, 655 tree species, once again, more than occur in all of North America. The only question about Yasuní’s supremacy is whether there might exist some other, less explored segment along the Amazon and Orinoco Basins that will prove even more diverse. At the very least, the Yasuní National Park is very close to the extreme of its kind. And in the world outside the Amazon-Orinoco region, nothing in the world can approach it.
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