Alejandro de Humboldt National Park


Alejandro de Humboldt National Park

Infobox World Heritage Site
WHS = Alejandro de Humboldt National Park


State Party = CUB
Type = Natural
Criteria = ix, x
ID = 839
Region = Latin America and the Caribbean
Year = 2001
Session = 25th
Link = http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/839

Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt is a national park in the Cuban provinces of Holguín and Guantánamo. It is named after the German scientist Alexander von Humboldt who visited the island in 1800 and 1801. The park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 for of its size, altitude range, complex lithology, landform diversity, and wealth of endemic flora and fauna.

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The rivers that flow off the peaks of the park are some of the largest in the insular Caribbean. The park is said to be the most humid place in Cubacite web|url=http://www.radiohc.cu/espanol/medioambiente/parques/alejandrohumboldt1.htm |title=Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt |author=Radio Habana |accessdate=2007-10-10 Es icon] and this causes a high biological diversity. The park has an area of km2 to mi2|711.4|abbr=yes, of which km2 to mi2|68.89|abbr=yes land area and km2 to mi2|2.25|abbr=yes marine area. Elevation ranges from sea level to m to ft|1168|abbr=yes on "El Toldo" Peak.

16 of Cuba's 28 endemic plant species are protected in the park including such fauna as "Dracaena cubensis" and "Podocarpus ekman". Fauna present in the park includes various species of parrots, lizards, hummingbirds, the endangered Cuban Solenodon (endemic), Hutia and snails.

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* [http://whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31&id_site=839 UNESCO site]

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