Manu National Park explodes with biodiversity. Jaguars, giant otters, spider monkeys, and caiman rove through its grasslands, rivers, and Amazonian rainforest. It contains over a 1000 species of birds, representing 10% of the world’s species, and hundreds of species of reptiles, fish and amphibians.
Its greatest richness though, is in its extraordinary range of plants and insects. It supports over 15,000 species of plants, and over 1300 species of butterflies. And that’s only a fraction compared to the species yet to be discovered.
Such high levels of biodiversity are signs of a thriving, resilient ecosystem. Compared to many places in the world, which have little biodiversity remaining, Manu is a vital outpost of life on our planet.