Copo National Park


Copo National Park
Copo National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Map showing the location of Copo National Park
Map showing the location of Copo National Park
Location Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina
Coordinates 25°58′S 61°53′W / 25.967°S 61.883°W / -25.967; -61.883Coordinates: 25°58′S 61°53′W / 25.967°S 61.883°W / -25.967; -61.883
Area 1142.5 km²
Established 1998
Governing body Administración de Parques Nacionales

The Copo National Park is a national park of Argentina, located in the Copo Department, province of Santiago del Estero. It has an area of 1142.5 km². It was created in 1998 in order to preserve a number of endangered species.

The park belongs to the Dry Chaco ecosystem. The climate is warm, with annual rainfall between 500 and 700 mm. A large part of it is made up of forest, with the Santiago red quebracho (quebracho colorado santiagueño) being its characteristic tree species. This tree has a strong wood and high content of tannin, and in the past it suffered a devastating exploitation in other parts of the country. At the beginning of the 20th century, Santiago del Estero was 80% quebracho scrubland; nowadays only 20% remain.

Endangered species that live in this park include the maned wolf[1] yaguareté (jaguar), the Giant Anteater, the chacoan peccary, the tatú carreta (a species of armadillo) and a species of parrot.

References

  1. ^ L. Maffei, R. Paredes, A. Segundo, A. Noss: Home range and activity of two sympatric fox species in the Bolivian Dry Chaco. Canid News, IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group, 2007. online-PDF