The Yasuni National Park in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is considered worldwide one of the most biodiverse ecosystems of the planet.
The parkprotects one of the most diverse tree communities in the world,with at least 1,813types of trees andshrub speciesclassified andabout 300species that have not beenclassified yet.
Some common species include:bromeliads, ferns, orchids, kapok trees, morete swamps, the guarumos, the balsa tree, cedar, blood Drago, the palm and the Chambira palm which fibres are used to make some handicrafts such as hammocks and or bags.
- More than 567 bird species have been registered within the Yasuni National Park. This sanctuary protects 44% of the 1,399 bird species found in the Amazon.
The harpy eagle, the paujil, the hoatzin, kingfishers, swallows, herons, parrots, macaws, paraquets, etc., are common birds you can see in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.
- Ecuador is considered the ninth country with the greatest variety mammals in the World, with at least 173 mammalian species found.
- The park is home of at least 10 species of monkeys, making it among the most diverse places in the world.
- The Yasuní contains 81 species of bats, 10% of the 986 known species, which makes it the second largest marsupial reserve of the world. The first is the Iwokroma Fortest in Guyana, which contains 86 species.
- There have been 105 species of amphibians and 83 species of reptiles; the Yasuni National Park seems to be the area with the greatest diversity of herpetofauna throughout South America.
- There is an estimated of 382 species of freshwater fish.
- Yasuní has more than 100,000 species of insects per hectare, the highest diversity ever discovered in the world. More than 64 species of bees have been registered 64 species of bees, the richest assembly number found anywhere on earth. Also, scientists have found 94 species of ants that nest in trees and fallen branches.
What do you think so far? You are surely marveled about how diverse this place is. And if you really are a nature lover or an adventure seeker you are probably thinking of visiting the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.
If so, then we have good news for you! Have a 3-4 days Amazon jungle tour at the Napo Cultural Center and have a great adventure exploring the Amazon with the local natives, the Kichwa Añangu community.