Pontões Capixabas Natural Monument
|Pontões Capixabas Natural Monument|
|Monumento Natural dos Pontões Capixabas|
View from the Pedra do Camelo
|Nearest city||Colatina, Espírito Santo|
The Pontões Capixabas Natural Monument lies in the Atlantic Forest biome. It covers 17,443 hectares (43,100 acres). It was created as a national park by decree on 19 December 2002. Law 11.686 of 2 June 2008 changed the designation of the Pontões Capixabas National Park to the Pontões Capixabas Natural Monument. The unit is administered by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation. It is in the municipalities of Águia Branca and Pancas in the state of Espírito Santo.
The terrain includes the escarpment of the Serra da Mantiqueira and part of the Jequitinhonha-Pardo plateau. The streams are in the watershed of the Pancas River, a tributary of the Doce River. Average annual rainfall is 1,250 millimetres (49 in). Average temperature is 24 °C (75 °F). Altitudes range from 120 to 1,000 metres (390 to 3,280 ft). The conservation unit holds a remnant of dense rainforest.
The conservation unit is classed as IUCN protected area category III (natural monument or feature). The primary objective is to preserve the rocky features, the associated flora and fauna, and the landscape. The cougar (Puma concolor) is a protected species in the unit.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pontões Capixabas Natural Monument.|
- Monumento Natural dos Pontões Capixabas (in Portuguese), Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, retrieved 2016-05-02
- Unidade de Conservação: Monumento Natural dos Pontões Capixabas (in Portuguese), MMA: Ministério do Meio Ambiente, retrieved 2016-05-02