The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of Noel Kempff Mercado National Park with a portfolio of photos that illustrate the landscape features of this vast wilderness, together with some of the characteristic animals. Access to this remote park may involve a pontoon river crossing, where clouds of butterflies are disturbed from their massed gatherings on the river sandbanks. The first part of the slideshow illustrates some of the main features of the lowland parts of park, where a wealth of colourful birds can be seen, including species such as hyacinth macaw, Gould’s toucanet and red-throated piping guan. The Itenez River supports a good population of Amazon River Dolphins, and in the forests along its banks there are lowland tapir, Columbian red howler monkey, white-bellied spider monkey, Geoffroy’s monk saki, and other primates. Large areas of the lowlands are subject to seasonal flooding, including much of the rainforest, and the forests are punctuated with some spectacular waterfalls, including the Arco Iris and Federico Ahlfeld waterfalls (which are illustrated).
The second part of the slideshow illustrates the cerrado habitat that characterizes the mountain summits. Here the well-drained, nutrient-poor soils support savanna grassland communities with a relatively rich flora, but fewer large mammals. Among the more prominent mammals in this part of the park are giant anteaters and giant armadillos.
The following Flickr photographers and other sources are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow: Dr, Milton, estherjulier, Carlos Caminando, Gregor Samsa, koeberle_Martin, teito_123, Chen-G., Georg Sander, Bernard Dupont, chelouxmagazine, Dallas Krentzel, Dave Curtis, Gregory ‘slobirdr’ Smith, Phil Whitehouse, Sucram Yef, Tambako the jaguar, Allan Hopkins, Juan Camilo Rios Orjuela, Smithsonian Institution and _paVan_.
Tropical & Sub-tropical Forests;
Tropical & Sub-tropical Savannas
Area: 15,234 km2
- Ecological processes (ix);
- Natural habitat for biodiversity (x);
- Significant number of rare, endemic and/or endangered species (x)