Brazil declares new protected area larger than Delaware

23 October 2014

Earlier this week, the Brazilian government announced the declaration of a new federal reserve deep in the Amazon rainforest. The protections conferred by the move will ban deforestation, reduce carbon emissions, and help safeguard the area’s renowned wildlife.

Named Alto Maues, the new reserve encompasses 668,000 hectares of mostly pristine forest void of human presence, according to the Brazilian Environment Ministry.

The area is home to hundreds of species of animals, including 13 primate and 600 bird species. Of the area's primates, several are considered threatened with extinction by the IUCN. The red-nosed saki (Chiropotes albinasus), is one of these. Listed as Endangered, the distinctive species needs large tracts of continuous forest, something that is becoming increasingly rare as deforestation fragments its range. One of the biggest threats to the saki is the development of roads into the area, which has brought with them an influx of soybean farms. This sort of activity will be forbidden in Alto Maues.

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