In the Guaraní language spoken in some parts of South America, the words “Ñembi Guasu” mean “the great hideout” or “the great refuge.” Ñembi Guasu is also the name of a new conservation area in Bolivia, covering more than 12,000 square kilometers (4,650 square miles) of well-conserved forests, more than double the size of Grand Canyon National Park in the U.S. The creation of the protected area is expected to help to offset deforestation in Bolivia’s Gran Chaco region.
The Ñembi Guasu Area of Conservation and Ecological Importance is the second-largest protected area in the Gran Chaco. It’s home to species such as the jaguar (Panthera onca), puma (Puma concolor), the southern night monkey (Aotus azarae) and the southern tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla), a type of anteater. The creation of the protected area also safeguards the territory of the Ayoreo indigenous community, who have chosen to remain in isolation.