Aerial view of Yaguas River and the Cachimbo tributary. Alvaro del Campo, Field Museum
The Peruvian government announced it will establish a new and enormous national park in the Amazon.
Yaguas National Park, located in the northern region of Loreto, consists of 2,147,166 acres of rainforest, a vast river system and is home to more than 3,000 species of plants, 500 species of birds and 160 species of mammals, including giant otters, woolly monkeys, Amazonian river dolphins and manatees. The park also features 550 fish species—one of the richest fish faunas in the world.