New Protected Area in Bolivia

July 10, 2019

Photo Credit: ©Jesus Martinez/WCS

The Municipal Government of Reyes has created a new protected area in northwestern Bolivia that will serve the needs of local communities while safeguarding rare wildlife.

Rhukanrhuka Municipal protected area comprises more than 3,318 square miles, almost as large as Yellowstone National Park in the United States.

The new area will safeguard many species, including the Olallae´s titi monkey (one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world) as well the wattled curassow and the Bolivian pink river dolphin. "Rhukanrhuka" is the local Maropa indigenous name for the species of endemic titi monkeys found here.

“We applaud the Municipal Government of Reyes, its communities and private ranchers for taking this huge step towards reconciling local livelihoods, sustainable development and cultural values; with the need to protect this vast wilderness and key species” said Dr. Lilian Painter, Country Director for WCS’s Bolivia Program.

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