March 30th, 2010
To get to this week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site, you must travel into the beating heart of the Amazon. Jaú National Park is part of the Central Amazon Conservation Complex, the largest stretch of protected forest in the Amazon Basin.
The park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it shelters a unique variety of flora and fauna, both on land and in the rivers that wind through it. For example, the tropical rainforest ecosystem is home to jaguars, sloths, armadillos and uncountable numbers of birds. In the rivers, you'll find manatee, pink river dolphin, black caiman alligators, and the "living fossil" giant arapaima fish.
Watch out, though- Jaú National Park is also home to the widest variety of electric fish in world.
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