Peruvian president Ollanta Humala signed today the creation of a new, stunning national park in Peru's Amazon forest and along the border with Brazil -- Sierra del Divisor. The area is locally known as Sina Jonibaon Manan, or "land of the brave people", and is a series of small mountains, ridges, valleys and ancient, cone-shaped volcanoes surrounded by Amazonian lowland rainforest. It is one of the most remarkable and beautiful landscapes in the western Amazon.
A rapid inventory led by the Field Museum in 2005, along with many Peruvian researchers and organizations, documented the exceptional biological and cultural richness of this unique region. Herpetologists Moises Barbosa de Sousa and Carlos Rivera found 67 species of frogs, 1 salamander, 21 snakes, 17 lizards 2 turtles and 1 caiman in less than 3 weeks of field work. Thus, it is likely that the area contains a far larger number of species, likely exceeding 100/class for both amphibians and reptiles.
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