Madidi National Park in northwest Boliva may be the most biologically diverse spot on the planet. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recently announced this distinction at an international conservation summit. The WCS recently compiled a list of species found in Madidi National Park which includes more than 200 mammals, 300 fishes, 12,000 plants and nearly 11 percent of the world's birds.
Madidi National Park covers some 19,000 square kilometers of land and is characterized by great variation in habitat, from lowland tropical forest to the high alpine habitats of the Andes. The park spans some 6,000 meters of altitudinal range.
Conservationists emphasize that much remains to learn about Madidi National Park. Little is know about the tropical montane and cloud forests between 1,000 and 3,000 meters in altitude.