Copo National Park

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Copo National Park
Parque Nacional Copo
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Copo National Park
Map showing the location of Copo National Park
Location Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina
Coordinates 25°58′S 61°53′W / 25.967°S 61.883°W / -25.967; -61.883Coordinates: 25°58′S 61°53′W / 25.967°S 61.883°W / -25.967; -61.883
Area 118,118 ha (456.06 sq mi)
Established November 22, 2000 (2000-11-22)[1]
Governing body Administración de Parques Nacionales

Copo National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Copo) is a federal protected area in Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina. Established on 22 November 2000,[1] it houses a representative sample of the Dry Chaco biodiversity in average state of conservation. Located in the Copo Department, it has an area of 118,118 ha (1,181.18 km2; 456.06 sq mi).


The climate is warm, with annual rainfall between 500–700 mm (20–28 in). A large part of the park is made up of forests, with the Santiago red quebracho (quebracho colorado santiagueño) being its characteristic tree species. This tree has a strong wood and high content of tannin, and in the past it suffered a devastating exploitation in other parts of the country. At the beginning of the 20th century, Santiago del Estero was 80% quebracho scrubland; nowadays only 20% remain.

Some of the endangered species that live in this park include the maned wolf,[2] jaguar, the giant anteater, the chacoan peccary and the giant armadillo.


  1. ^ a b Ley No. 25366, 2 de enero de 2001, B.O., (29557), 1 (in Spanish); sanc.: 22 de noviembre de 2000
  2. ^ Maffei 2007.


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