Identidad Madidi: Exploring the Fantastic Biodiversity of Bolivia
By Rob Wallace
It’s an idea that was four years in the making: to send a group of Bolivian scientists to investigate fourteen different habitats spanning 6,000 meters – from the Andes down to the Amazon – in what is the most biodiverse protected area on the planet. Identidad Madidi, expected to take a year and a half to complete, is a scientific expedition intended to draw attention to the wonders of Boliva’s Madidi National Park.
From a biodiversity perspective Madidi is quite simply nirvana. At close to two million hectares in size it is also a global stronghold for many of Latin America´s most charismatic wildlife, including Andean condor, Andean bear, jaguar, white-lipped peccary, and lowland tapir. There you will also find several unique major vegetation types.
The Madidi trip is the culmination of an even longer journey for me and my colleague Lilian Painter in our work for WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).
In 1999, after working for seven years in Noel Kempff Mercado National Park (one of Bolivia´s 22 national protected areas), Lilian and I were asked to move to a new protected area and broader landscape in Bolivia. It was tough to —> Read More