Peru’s Environment Ministry announced Thursday the establishment of new conservation lands in the Loreto region with the creation of the Bosque de Huayo. The protected forest is a 10-plus-hectare private property located in the Maynas province that has been owned by Pompeyo Cambero Alva and Yolanda Reátegui Torrejón de Cambero.
After an official decree passed Thursday, it will be considered protected Peruvian lands for 50 years. Nearly 90% of the land is covered in forest located over white sand, the ministery reports.
The new conservation area acts as a “natural corridor” to the bordering Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve that occupies the same province near the Amazon River.
Authorities said that the official demarcation of this new private conservation bio-park will allow them to better protect flora and fauna species in the area. Animals considered special in Peru and found within the park’s perimeters include species of monkeys like the tocón, squirrel monkey, and the brown-mantled tamarin.
The park also inhabits part of the all-encompassing Bosques Húmedos del Napo ecosystem, which is known as one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. It includes a number of rare bird species and endemic primate species, among other notable animal sightings.
The protected area also includes fruit trees and four bodies of water important to sustaining the local population.