Dawn in the
forest. The whistles of a Solitary Tkiamou are replaced by the trills
of Russet-winged Spadebills. A gap in the forest reveals verdant forest
hugging steep slopes shrouded in mist. The forest suddenly explodes into
life as a troop of Capuchin monkeys announces the arrival of a Harpy Eagle
gliding through the treetops. This is San Rafael National Park in south-eastern
Paraguay and it is disappearing at an alarming rate.
We can save San Rafael National Park Reserve, one of the most important
tropical forest areas in South America.)
protected area contains humid tropical forest exceptionally high
in terms of biological diversity, it was named the first Important
Bird Area in Paraguay, and represents part of the last remnant
of the Interior Atlantic Forest, the most threatened forest ecosystem
in the Americas, if not globally.
the significance of this area, it continues to face constant threats
of deforestation with the consequent loss of associated biological
to the critical need to preserve this unique and threatened forest,
a Conservation Alliance has been formed in Paraguay consisting
can save San Rafael National Park Reserve, one of the most important
tropical forest areas in South America.
organizations working together to protect San Rafael. The Alliance has
initiated a campaign of land purchase in the area which has received
the support of national and international organizations such as the
World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, World Park Endowment, the
Garfield Foundation, USAID and AVINA, and has also generated interest
from Conservation International and BirdLife International.