Kaieteur National Park

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Kaieteur National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Kaieteur Falls Guyana (2) 2007.jpg
Kaieteur Falls in the Kaieteur National Park
LocationPotaro-Siparuni Region of Guyana
Coordinates5°13′N 59°25′W / 5.217°N 59.417°W / 5.217; -59.417Coordinates: 5°13′N 59°25′W / 5.217°N 59.417°W / 5.217; -59.417
Area242 sq mi (630 km2)
Established1929
An Anomaloglossus beebei frog in the Kaieteur National Park

Kaieteur National Park is a National Park located in the Potaro-Siparuni Region of Guyana. The Park's boundaries and purpose are defined in the Kaieteur National Park Act, and was created to preserve the natural scenery (including Kaieteur Falls), and its fauna and flora. The Act is administered by the Kaieteur National Park Commission.

The park is in the Guianan moist forests ecoregion.[1] It is served by Kaieteur International Airport, which is at Kaieteur Falls.

History[edit]

Indigenous Amerindian tribes have been present in the area for thousands of years. The first explorer to reach the area and witness the waterfalls was British-Canadian explorer Charles Barrington Brown in 1870.

Established in 1929, Kaieteur National Park was Guyana's first protected area. In 1999, the boundaries of the park were expanded to 63,000 hectares (242 sq mi) to protect the land and biodiversity of wildlife against mining. Since the 21st century, the Guyanese government has boosted towards funding tourist services within the park.

Boundaries[edit]

Original boundaries: Commencing at a point on the left bank of the Potaro River, 200 feet (61 m) below the Tukeit Rest House Compound, then along the trail to the Korume Creek, then up the Korume Creek to its source, then to and including Menzies landing on the left bank of the Potaro River, then across the Potaro River to its right bank, then inland for a 0.25 miles (400 m), then downwards and parallel to the right bank of the Potaro River to an unnamed tributary about 300 feet (91 m) below the foot of Tukeit Falls, then down the left bank of that tributary to the Potaro River, then to the point of origin.

In 1999 the Park's area was increased from 5 square miles (10 km2) to 242 square miles (630 km2) by a Presidential Order.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schipper, Jan; Teunissen, Pieter; Lim, Burton, Northern South America: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, northern Brazil, and eastern Venezuela (NT0125), retrieved 2017-04-03

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