15 minutes from the center RiojaOne of the 10 provinces in the region San MartinIt was discovered St. HelenAn ecological reserve in the middle Peruvian Amazon. Being a natural forest, between the months of December and April, the floods of the rivers that cross it turn into a large swamp.
Thanks to its tropical climate and its wide floral diversity The right place For wildlife development. Among the crowns of its trees, Than Six kinds of monkeysas Red Howler Monkey or Kotomono, Monk monkey, Lazy, among others. More than 10 species of fish swim in its waters, among them Karachama, Mojarra, Angleretc
“There are many animals here, some of them are very difficult to see, and if you see one, it will be the first and last time. You will not see it again in life,” said Alex Castillo, a consultant at the Santa Elena Environmental Reserve. Infobae Peru.
Now, the name of one of the inhabitants of this ecosystem is getting ready to go around the world. A recent study among his Wetlands And aguajales I was able to find an animal that had no record.
Alex Castillo participated in a discovery months ago A hitherto unidentified animal in the Peruvian jungle. As he told this media, they found a specimen the size of a large mouse. Study work Together with experts from Conservation International (CI), a non-profit organization that seeks community participation in protecting the services that nature provides and is fundamental to human well-being.
“It is very big, like an ancient one. On the contrary, at first we thought it was an old thing, but in the end it was not, because it was already very big. We confused it, but after the study of the biologists and scientists who came here, we found that it is a new species that has never been recorded before. “They were experts in flora and fauna,” he declared.
Castillo is proud of this invention and hopes to deliver it All over the world. “It’s going to have the name of Santa Elena, with the name of the person who discovered it, which is one of the scientists, but they’re going to put it in Avazun,” he revealed.
“In a few months they will give us all the details about what it is called. His photo and technical details are yet to be released. The IC will inform us when it is detailed so that everyone knows its species, name, where it was found, where to find it,” he added.
The consultant revealed that another survey will begin in a few weeks and will comb the entire area more extensively and last for six months “to see what other unidentified species are present in Santa Elena.”
In addition to the species of mammals, reptiles and butterflies that coexist in Santa Elena, the reserve has become a paradise for birds: more than 300 species have been identified.
There are four species Martin Pescadores (Greater Kingfisher, Amazonian Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher and Rufous-Green Kingfisher). In addition, the audience can observe Yellow woodpeckerto black billed toucan, want Blue-throated guanamong others.
Since you arrived St. Helen You feel a connection with Nature. After walking through a wooden ship, you have the opportunity to enter the Peruvian jungle on boats traveling through dark waters. Black River.
In total, you can choose from three options. In each of them, you are guided by the community’s own residents and share the experience of what it’s like to live daily with all the animals in the area, which you can experience first hand.
The First paths Romero takes you along the river Two hours, ends when you reach the resting place of El Abuelo. The special feature of this tour is that it can also be done at night.
For its part, The second path Completing in Four hours. It begins where the first one ends at the El Madoral resting place. Finally, the Third tour It flows through the Romero River, the Negro River, and the Mayo River until it reaches its resting place in the Mayo River. Six hours.
It is best to start these tours with the first rays of the sun to take advantage of the true natural scenery. As mentioned by the community 7 to 9 am Only then can you see more birds and mammals. Hearing the majestic howling of many monkeys is a great experience.
“This is the perfect place for those who want to get in touch with nature and see the flora and fauna of the Peruvian jungle up close. A lot of sightings of birds, butterflies and many animals take place here,” commented one of the locals.
The eco-reserve operates thanks to the work and dedication of the Aguajales and Renagales Río Romero (ACARR) Conservation Association, a group of local residents from the hamlets of Santa Elena and Tambo.
Since 2003, the Romero and Negro rivers have been cleaned to protect the area and exploit its biodiversity and natural resources. Through this, the quality of life of local residents can also be improved.
“St. Helen It is a self-sustaining social enterprise, supported by revenue generated from visitors. There are all sorts of resources left behind by tourists visiting this area. Thanks to this, improvements can be made to the reserve,” Castillo said.
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