Considered to be the most biologically diverse protected area on the planet, Madidi National Park is the centerpiece of the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape and lies on the eastern slope of the Andean mountain range in northwestern Bolivia.
Madidi itself covers an area of approximately 18,900 km2, featuring an impressive altitudinal range (180 to 5,700 meters above sea level), which cuts across lowland rainforests up to the rugged peaks and glaciers of the Apolobamba mountain range. The broader landscape spans some 110,000 km2 including four other national parks (two in Bolivia and two in neighboring southern Peru) and several indigenous territories.
Due to this impressive range, jaguars, black faced spider monkeys, lowland tapir, giant river otters, Andean bears, Andean condors and other wildlife abound in this remote and intact jewel of the Amazon where new discoveries are still being made. The region is also home to eleven indigenous groups, including the Tacana, Kallawaya, and Marka Antaquilla, who have lived in the area for generations and are committed to the protection of this unique place on earth.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been active in the area since the late 1990s, embracing a landscape conservation vision that plans for the ecological needs of wide-ranging wildlife, whilst also developing sustainable natural resource management initiatives to meet the development needs of the roughly 300,000 people who live within the landscape.
The Palm Beach Zoo currently provides funding for this important work and in return sends staff to the field to participate in conservation activities. For more information on this project, please visit WCS online.