Posted by: sextobi2013 | June 22, 2013

podocarpus National park

By: Esteban Medina

This natural wonder that margins about the provinces of Loja and Zamora you must its name to the Romerillo or Podocarpus, the most characteristic tree from this rain forest. This unique conifer tree from southern of Ecuador can be found from the 1200 to 4000m.

Mountain Tapir

Spectacled Bear

Northern Pudu

Jaguar

Laurel, San Pedro cactus, uvilla, Black Elder, pumamaqui, sappanwood, arrayán, cashoco, alder, acacia, sage, guato blanco, cedar, castor-oil plant, walnut, yumbingue  and canelón .

Eastern zone originate along the Loja-Valladoid road. Situated a few minutes in car from Loja.

There are attractions and activities like walking through the forest watching the water falls and caring and feeding endangered especies.

According to a Birdlife International study, the area is estimated to have more than 260 butterfly species and more than 1,200 moth species. This park possess one of the highest bio-diversity areas on earth as well as many endemic species of flora and fauna that appear nowhere else on the planet. For hikes up to three days in the park and additional information, contact the Ministerio del Ambiente (in Zamora) and Fundación Maquipucuna which has an office in Zamora as well as in Quito. In the National Park System, there are 401 sites covering more than 84 million acres of land. There is a stretch of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail that exceeds 2,000 miles and travels from Maine to Georgia within the National Parks. In 2012, more than 280 million people visited the National Parks. The nation’s deepest cave is 1,593 feet deep in New Mexico at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Species found In National Parks range from grizzly bears to Dall sheep, timber wolves to peregrine falcons, Pacific Boas to gray whales, and many more. The National Parks are home and habitat to more than 400 endangered or threatened plant and animal species.

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