Peru protects vast 'Yellowstone of the Amazon'

Peru protects vast ‘Yellowstone of the Amazon’

The new, 3.3 million-acre national park is larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite combined. It also preserves key habitat for thousands of native species and stores huge amounts of CO2.

By: Russell McLendon

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The iconic ‘El Cono’ rises up from the rain forest in Peru’s Sierra del Divisor National Park. (Photo: Diego Perez/Rainforest Trust)

A giant swath of the Amazon rain forest just became a little safer, thanks to a sprawling new national park established by the government of Peru this week.

Named Sierra del Divisor National Park, the nature preserve covers about 14,000 square kilometers (5,000 square miles, or 3.3 million acres) of pristine rain forest in the Amazon basin. It’s home to an array of indigenous people as well as more than 3,000 species of native plants and animals, many of which exist nowhere else. Read more.