The new WCS assessment is based on the work of more than 50 scientists from WCS, Bolivian Fauna Collection, the Bolivian National Herbarium, the Amazon Conservation Association, and others. The park is known for its array of altitudinal gradients and habitats from lowland tropical forests of the Amazon to snow-capped peaks of the High Andes. Assembling the compendium of the park’s inhabitants took the scientists 15 years.
Still much is unknown about the park – particularly in the tropical montane or cloud forests between 3,280 and 9,842 feet. Despite significant efforts from the scientific team, two thirds of the park’s total biodiversity has yet to be formally registered or observed by scientists, highlighting the need for further research in the region.
Madidi National Park is one of the top tourist attractions in Bolivia and part of a larger protected region known as the Madidi-Tambopata Landscape. WCS has worked in this landscape since 1999 to develop local capacity to conserve the landscape and mitigate a variety of threats, including development such as road construction, logging, and agricultural expansion.