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Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection
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Type of site: Natural
Date: -
Date of Inscription: 2005
Location: South America, Panama, Provinces of Veraguas and Chiriquí
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Description: Protecting Coiba Island, 38 smaller islands and the neighboring marine areas within the Gulf of Chiriqui is the Coiba National Park that lies off the southwest coast of Panama. Coiba’s Pacific tropical moist forest, being sheltered from the icy winds and effects of El Niño, upholds astonishingly high levels of endemism of mammals, birds and plants owing to the continuing evolution of new species. What’s more, the site is the last safe haven for numerous threatened animals, such as the crested eagle. The Coiba National Park is an exceptional natural laboratory of scientific significance as it provides a vital ecological link to the Tropical Eastern Pacific for the passage and continued existence of pelagic fish and marine mammals. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Coiba is the largest island in Central America, off the Pacific coast of the Panamanian province of Veraguas. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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