Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve

Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve is a small protected area located around 23 km south of Iquitos, Peru; along the Iquitos-Nauta Highway and the Nanay River that flows through the northern part of the reserve.

Within its 57'667.43 ha (14 249 932.3 acre) Allpahuayo Mishana protects white-sand forests, a very uncommon ecosystem within the South American Amazonia and the flooded forests of the Nanay River.

It has two kinds of habitats: varillales and floodable forests. Varillales grow in white sand areas and has a diversity of soils. While the forests that flood under black water of the Nanay River has species of restricted distribution.

This is the habitat of the rare bird Iquitos gardnatcher (Polioptila clementsi), an endangered species with around a hundred of individuals. Also there are 145 mammal species, 297 bird species, 83 amphibia species, 120 reptiles species, 115 fish species and 1900 plants.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Community Reserve

A map of the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Community Reserve, Iquitos, Amazon River, Peru
The Área de Conservación Regional Comunal Tamshiyacu Tahuayo (ACRCTT) was founded on 15 May 2009 with 420,080.25 ha or 1'038,040.9 acre is located around 145 km or 90 miles south Iquitos. This reserve conserve floodable and non-floodable jungles and promotes the sustainable use of natural resources.

In 2003, Chicago's Field Museum's Rapid Biology Inventory #11 found more species of mammals and trees in the ACRCTT than any other documented natural area in the world.

It is wild Amazon rain forest with high levels of biodiversity, it has 13 species of primates, on of the largest primate levels in the Amazon.

Visitors at Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve, Iquitos, Amazon River, PeruRepresentative species within the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Community Reserve are monkey as the huapo colorado or uakari (Cacajao calvus), the squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus), the red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus), the pink dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), grey dolphin (Sotalia fluviatilis), brown-throated sloth (Bradypus variegatus), capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) and black caiman (Melanosuchus niger).

Team of the Rapid Biological Inventory number 11 by the US Chicago Field Museum in 2003 recorded the following:

Species found
Species estimated
Terrestrial mammals
Information source: Chicago Field Museum.
By: Edwin J. Villacorta.

The only access to this reserve is by boat. There are a few cruises and companies that goes there as Curassow Amazon Lodge and Tahuayo Lodge, both located inside it.