Sierra del Divisor Media Fact Sheet
Andes-Amazon Conservation Corridor:
- The Andes-Amazon Conservation Corridor is now 66,670,000 acres (over 104,170 sq. miles) – larger than the state of Colorado, or larger than New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) and South Carolina – combined!
- Or much larger than the total land and sea area of the United Kingdom.
- The establishment of Sierra del Divisor National Park is a momentous achievement for mankind as it is the critical link in a 1,100 mile long permanently Protected Corridor that Rainforest Trust has been working on for almost two decades – connecting the lowland banks of the Amazon in Brazil to the highest peaks of the Andes.
- Also 26 indigenous interconnected territories in Brazil, plus one National Park (Serra do Divisor) created by Brazilian authorities.
- In Peru: the Divisor parks adds to 11 existing connected protected areas, including 6 indigenous reserves, 1 National Reserve, 1 National Sanctuary and 3 National Parks
- The new park is pivotal in connecting 38 existing protected areas to provide vital buffering against the impacts of climate change.
- Cover 733 miles of latitude (from the equator south).
Sierra del Divisor National Park (additional points)
- Sierra del Divisor National Park is 3,347,005 acres: an area larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined or roughly the size of Wales or state of Connecticut.
- Located in the center of a 66-million acre bi-national wildlife corridor.
- Situated along the Peru-Brazil border in the heart of the Amazon Basin.
- Contains diverse habitats including plunging waterfalls, wild rivers, pristine forests and dormant volcanic cones that rise out of the jungle.
- Largely unexplored and remote range that is one of the Amazon’s last true wildernesses.
- Lies in an area that has some of the highest levels of biodiversity ever recorded on the planet.
- Over 550 bird species, 120 mammals, and nearly 80 amphibians have been documented within the borders of the reserve.
- Thought to contain many more species likely yet unrecorded or undiscovered.
- Several rare or endemic species including Red uakari monkeys, jaguars, South American tapirs, Goeldi’s monkey and specialized plant communities living on jungle massifs.
- Actions to establish National Park will also establish White Sands National Monument, and obtain land titles for 57 community territories that will form a buffer zone around the protected areas.
- Homeland of several indigenous communities including the Iskonawa, an indigenous tribe of 300 – 400 that live in voluntary isolation (uncontacted people’s).
- With the Sierra del Divisor Reserve Zone, Peru now has 60 natural protected areas (including 12 reserve zones), which total more than 51 million acres, almost 15 percent of its national territory.
- Working with local partner CEDIA and local communities in buffer zone of new park. Park will directly benefit 9,000 people in communities.
- Community support ensures conservation success.
- Other institutions and organizations that have supported the creation of the Sierra del Divisor National Park include the Peruvian National Park Service, the Peruvian National Government, the regional governments of Loreto and Ucayali, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Chicago Field Museum, the Institute of the Common Good, ProNaturaleza and The Nature Conservancy.