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Central Suriname Nature Reserve
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Type of site: Natural
Date of Inscription: 2000
Location: South America, Suriname, District Sipaliwini
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Description: 1.6 million ha of primary tropical forest make up the Central Suriname Nature Reserve in west-central Suriname. Covering a range of topography and ecosystems of remarkable conservation value owing to its immaculate state, the site shelters the upper watershed of the Coppename River and the Lucie, Oost, Zuid, Saramaccz, and Gran Rio rivers’ headwaters. Its montane and lowland forests enclose a high plant life diversity, with over 5,000 vascular plant species collected thus far. Animals typical of the region are found within the reserve, among them the jaguar, giant armadillo, giant river otter, tapir, sloths, eight primate species as well as 400 bird species for instance the harpy eagle, the Guiana cock-of-the-rock, and the scarlet macaw. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Central Suriname Nature Reserve was created in 1998 by Conservation International and the government of Suriname. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 for its pristine tropical rainforest ecosystem, and contains 16,000 square kilometres of both montane and lowland primary tropical forest including sections of the Guyana Highlands. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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