Latin America is specially known for the richest forest and marine ecosystems on earth. This part of the world consists of the Central and Southern American region and the beautiful Caribbean islands. Though the whole area is full of natural wonders and Amazon add grandeur to this beauty but Tahuamanu rainforests of Peru possess special significance and mystic attractions. Tahuamanu province is the least populated territory of Peru comprising of 19.7 million acres of dense forests. Tahuamanu is also home to the rare and precious reserves of old-growth mahogany and tall cedar trees.
Tahuamanu is also known for the world’s largest known mineral clay lick, which is situated in the west of Tahuamanu. This mineral-rich mud of this natural wonder helps the birds digest acidic fruits that they eat daily.
Tahuamanu is a natural habitat of more than 750 species of birds including magnificent parrots and macaws. It is also a dwelling place of many rare species of mammals like giant otter, the ocelot, the jaguar, the six feet long ‘river wolf’, badgers, minks and weasels. The human population of Tahuamanu contains the Mascho-Piro, the Yaminahua and the Amahuaca races who actually are nomadic Indians and have been living here for thousands of years. Their living is dependent on fishing, hunting and collecting the eggs of turtles.
But this amazing gift of nature is endangered with the environmental threats like illegal logging, mining and drilling, hunting and killing of wildlife and overfishing throughout the Tahuamanu. Agriculture on commercial basis and Cattle Ranching are further contributing to the deforestation in this area.
The illegal loggers trespass this area regularly to steal the mahogany trees. Most of this rare timber of Tahuamanú is being exported illegally to USA which is a continuous danger to these forests. Illegal loggers steal into the Amazon, cut the trees in an illicit manner, hunt the rare wildlife species of Tahuamanu, and leave behind clearings soon filled by settlers, road builders and farmers.
The need of the day is to safeguard Tahuamanu from all environmental criminals and to encourage the local groups and environmental activists for the permanent protection of this wonderful area. Otherwise the day is not far when Tahuamanu rainforest will be lost forever.