The Chagres region harbors many species native to Panama and represents the northernmost range of several South American mammal, bird, and reptile species. Chagres is particularly important to neotropical migratory birds such as raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl. Endangered species such as the harpy eagle and jaguar find refuge within the watershed of the Chagres River.
Other animal species found in this steep, upland tropical forest include the capybara, mantled howler monkey, and northern tamandua (anteater).More than 560 bird species are found in the Alto Chagres region, including the speckled antshrike, the russet-crowned quail-dove, and the blue-fronted parrotlet. The area also contains the largest extension of tropical forest in the Canal Watershed. In a study published in 1999, scientists identified 1,125 species of plants, 200 of which were rare and five of which were described for the first time.The Chagres region is threatened by deforestation, cattle ranchers and urbanization.
In the Chagres region, SaveNature.Org and the Nature Conservancy are working together to support environmental education and awareness-raising about Chagres National Park, with a special focus on water and biodiversity. Photos courtesy of Christian Ziegler
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The tamandua, a genus of anteater is at home both in trees and on the ground. They are mostly nocturnal and feed on ants, termites, bees, beetles and insect larvae.
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