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Bolivia has the opportunity to create the planet's richest park for terrestrial biota

  • J. V. Remsen (a1) and T. A. Parker (a1)
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Establishing a reserve of approximately 10,000 km at a strategic location in depto. La Paz, northern Bolivia, would create the planet's richest park for birds and presumably all other forest-dwelling biota that reach peak diversity at tropical latitudes. By connecting puna and montane forest habitats of the Andes with lowland tropical forest and savannas of the Amazon basin, we predict that the proposed reserve would contain at least 1,088 bird species, or roughly 11% of all bird species on the planet. Among these are many threatened species and species with relatively small geographical ranges. The proposed reserve would also include threatened habitats, such as lower montane forest, dry forest, and grassland.

El establecimiento de una reserva de aproximadamente 10.000 km en un lugar estratégico en el departamento de La Paz, Bolivia, crearía el parque de major riqueza de aves en el planeta. Así es de suponer que la flora y fauna que habitan en la área, llegan a su grado máximo de diversidad en las latitudes tropicales. Conectando puna, los hábitats de bosque tropical (áreas bajas) y sabanas de la cuenca del Amazonas, predecimos que la reserva que se propone tendría a lo menos 1.088 especies de aves, o aproximadamente 11% de todas las especies de aves del planeta. Dentro de estas hay muchas especies amenazadas y especies con áreas de rango geográfico muy restringido. Además la reserva que se propone también incluiría hábitats amenazados, como bosque montano, bosque seco y pajonales tropicales.

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