Emas National Park
|Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks|
|Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List|
|UNESCO region||Latin America and the Caribbean|
|Inscription||2001 (25th Session)|
The Emas National Park (Portuguese: Parque Nacional das Emas, literally meaning "Rhea National Park") is a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the states of Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil.
The National Park is located between the states of Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul in the Center-West Region of Brazil, between 17º50’—18º15’S and 52º39’—53º10’W. It covers 1,320 square kilometres (510 sq mi) of cerrado savannah. The surrounding area is dominated by large soybean plantations.
Flora and Fauna
Emas National Park shows a typical cerrado ecosystem; a treeless savannah with tall termite houses and an interesting amount of wildlife: the giant anteater, the maned wolf, giant armadillo, pampas deer and the namesake greater rhea, among others.
Emas National Park also holds a small Jaguar population, perhaps consisting of about 10-12 animals. Only about 40% of the reserve, which covers 1,320 square kilometres (510 sq mi) in total, is good Jaguar habitat.
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- Thannya Nascimento Soares, Mariana P.C. Telles, Lucileide V. Resende, Leandro Silveira, Anah Tereza A. Jácomo, Ronaldo G. Morato, José Alexandre F. Diniz-Filho, Eduardo Eizirik, Rosana P.V. Brondani and Claudio Brondani: Paternity testing and behavioral ecology: A case study of jaguars (Panthera onca) in Emas National Park, Central Brazil. Genetics and Molecular Biology, 29, 4, 735-740 (2006). online PDF