Earlier this month, a new national park received final approval by Peru’s president, Ollanta Humala. Sierra del Divisor National Park spans 3.3 million acres, protecting a huge swath in the Amazon basin. Rainforest Trust in the US worked with Peru’s CEDIA (Center for the Development of an Indigenous Amazon) along with local communities and government to create the park.

Sierra del Divisor lies within the Andes-Amazon Conservation Corridor which comprises 30 million acres of protected habitat. The park exceeds the size of Yellowstone and Yosemite combined and it helps link a patchwork of surrounding reserves in the Conservation Corridor. A range of wildlife from jaguars, giant armadillos, tapirs, monkeys, and tropical birds (more than 550 species) find refuge in the corridor. It’s also home to several indigenous communities.

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