New species discovered in Manu National Park

Manu National Park has been the mecca for biodiversity since the UNESCO declared it a biosphere reserve back in 1987. Ever since, hundreds of scientific expeditions, photographic projects, TV shows, and an array of other expeditions have ventured into the deepness of the Amazon Rainforest to uncover the mystical flora and fauna that inhabit this privileged landscape.

Roughly 30 years after this boom in exploration, biological treasures are still being uncovered. In October of 2015, a team of scientists of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group published the discovery of 30 new plant species found in Manu National Park.

As astonishing as this may seem, this is not an isolated event. A couple years ago –in 2014- a group of scientist published another amazing discovery. Potamites erythrocularis –a completely new lizard species to science- was discovered along the Manu Road, one of the most heavily visited areas in the park! If a new species can be found just hundreds of meters away from heavily visited lodges and attractions, what secrets might the inaccessible locations keep? 

Photo: Andina

Photo: Andina

Photo: Andina

Photo: Andina

Tambo Blanquillo Lodge is proud to announce that we are currently developing a Biological Station within of private research, in hopes of helping young scientists produce publications and discoveries, helping the world realize how unique and important the biodiversity that surrounds Tambo Blanquillo is, and therefore, producing bigger efforts to protect it for the following generations.

If you are interested in visiting Manu National Park, please do not hesitate to contact us (link). We offer a series of tours that will take you from the Andes to the Amazon. However, if you are interested in spending more time with us, we will soon be offering a series of volunteer and internship programs accessible to students all over the world!

Check our web page right now for details on how to apply. Hurry we only take a limited number of students every three months, and we just started this initiative in 2016!