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Peru | Camera traps reveal presence of rare endemic species in Oxapampa-Asháninka-Yánesha BR

Due to their remoteness, the high-altitude tropical forests of the Cerros del Sira, an isolated mountain range in the eastern Andes of central Peru, are known to harbor a diverse array of rare and endemic species like the Sira currasow, a critically endangered bird that can be found nowhere else on Earth.

An expedition to the Cerros del Sira resulted in the first-ever camera trap footage of the Sira currasow (Pauxi koepckeae) being made available to the public in 2015. That camera trap survey also discovered the presence of Andean spectacled bears (Tremarctos ornatus) in the remote mountain range — some 100 kilometers (or 62 miles) distant from any of the bear’s previously known habitat.

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