Identidad Madidi
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Identidad Madidi

Madidi is Madidi: Discovering the Biodiversity of a Record-Breaking Park (Photos)

The views from the ridge are reveal a forest dominated landscape under a blanket of cloud. Photo: Eleanor Briggs/WCS.
Herminio Ticona and I search for amphibians in the hollows between bromeliad leaves. Photo: Eleanor Briggs/WCS.
The patterns, shapes, colors and textures of the shrub and ground layers atop the mountain ridges are delightful. Photo: Eleanor Briggs/WCS.

Freddy is working with David Villalba on Identidad Madidi, and together across 13 of the 15 sites they have added almost 400 species to the official plant list for Madidi.

The bizarre Tacana tree toad has especially adapted feet for climbing. Photo: Mauricio Ocampo/CBF.
The montane forests of Madidi are known as cloud forests because a portion of most days of the year they are shrouded in mist, when they become singularly atmospheric. Photo: Rob Wallace/WCS.

Ten days in Sarayoj reveal three new birds for Madidi, increasing the confirmed list to 1,015 species, as well as an amphibian addition for the Identidad Madidi list: the incredible and arboreal Tacana tree toad.

Freddy Zenteno and David Villalba from the National Herbarium of Bolivia are discovering many candidate new plant species in Madid. Photo: Omar Torrico/WCS.
From one of the hollows, an amphibian face peers back. Photo: Rob Wallace/WCS.



Madidi National Park is one of the most important protected areas of Bolivia and the world because of the extraordinary biological richness expressed in the diversity of its ecosystems, fauna, and flora.

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