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San Diego Zoo Global joins effort to conserve the Amazonian rain forest through Peru field station
Date:3/14/2011

San Diego Zoo Global will play a key role in helping to conserve the Amazonian rain forest by taking on management responsibility for a conservation and research station located in the Manu Biosphere Reserve in Peru. This will be the first South American-based field station for the San Diego Zoo and marks a significant extension of its commitment to the region.

Manu National Park is located in the western Amazon and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and, as such, is protected as a biosphere preserve. It is one of the most biodiverse lowland tropical forests in the world and is considered one of the most pristine ecosystems on the planet.

"Cocha Cashu Biological Station, which is part of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, represents a significant expansion of our conservation efforts," said Allison Alberts, Ph.D., chief conservation and research officer for San Diego Zoo Global. "We are inheriting a legacy of inestimable value and look forward to the challenge of understanding and conserving the unique and important biodiversity of Manu."

Through the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation ResearchTM, San Diego Zoo Global currently manages field programs in more than 35 countries around the world. The new Peruvian-based station will be an important addition to the organization's existing conservation research stations, including three field stations in Cameroon's Ebo Forest, a California condor release site in Mexico, endangered bird breeding centers in Hawaii and San Clemente Island, and the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Nevada.

Encompassing almost 6,000 square miles, the Manu Biosphere Reserve is protected as a national park by the Peruvian Department of Protected Areas in the Ministry of Environment. San Diego Zoo Global, which will officially take over management of the field station at the beginning of summer, will be working with an existing team of Peruvian scientists in a collaborative effort to develop conservatio
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Contact: Christina Simmons
csimmons@sandiegozoo.org
619-685-3291
Zoological Society of San Diego
Source:Eurekalert

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