Newly established Cujillo Private Conservation Area protects one of Peru’s most unique ecosystems and resources for the local people
Exciting news in Peru’s dry forest! Last week, with Nature and Culture’s support, the Government of Peru created Cujillo Private Conservation Area. The new reserve protects the threatened Marañon ecoregion and many endemic species found nowhere else in the world.
Located in the region Cajamarca, Cujillo Private Conservation Area encompasses 9,242 acres of dry forest along the Marañon River. The deep and rugged canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of South America, is recognized as the most biologically diverse area within the Tropical Andes Hotspot (in other words, a hotspot within a hotspot). The area’s natural wealth is often compared to that of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.