Caracaraí Ecological Station

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Caracaraí Ecological Station
Estação Ecológica de Caracaraí
Map showing the location of Caracaraí Ecological Station
Map showing the location of Caracaraí Ecological Station
Location in Brazil
Nearest city Boa Vista, Roraima
Coordinates 1°48′22″N 61°21′00″W / 1.806°N 61.350°W / 1.806; -61.350Coordinates: 1°48′22″N 61°21′00″W / 1.806°N 61.350°W / 1.806; -61.350
Area 86,793 hectares (214,470 acres)
Designation Ecological station
Created 31 May 1982

Caracaraí Ecological Station (Portuguese: Estação Ecológica de Caracaraí) is an ecological station in the state of Roraima, Brazil.

Location[edit]

The ecological station, which covers 86,793 hectares (214,470 acres), was created on 31 May 1982.[1] It is in the municipality of Caracaraí in the state of Roraima.[2] The station is named after the municipality, whose name means "little hawk", a very common bird in the region.[3] It is administered by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.[4]

Conservation[edit]

The ecological station is a "strict nature reserve" under IUCN protected area category Ia. The purpose is preservation of nature and support of scientific research.[2] The vegetation is characteristic of transition forest, with trees 15 to 20 metres (49 to 66 ft) tall with thin trunks. There are several layers, with the higher trees losing their leaves in the dry season. The rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis is one of the upper layer trees.[3] Protected species include white-bellied spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth).[1]

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