The Biodiversity of Yasuní National Park
Yasuní National Park, located in the Ecuadorian Amazon, is home to a staggering number of animal and plant species. These organisms thrive due to frequent rains, steady sunlight, and little variation between the seasons. Indigenous groups, such as the Kichwa and the Waorani, also live in settlements inside the park. Conservationists have been fighting to preserve Yasuní in the face of oil drilling, as the park contains impressive oil fields.
Amazon Adventure—Documenting Life in Ecuador's Yasuní National Park
from National Geographic
Key Facts In This Video
Yasuní National Park is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, and is under threat due to its reserves of oil. (0:08)
Photographers use camera traps to take pictures of an elusive jaguar. (1:44)
One of the indigenous communities living in Yasuní, the Waorani people have also been affected by the presence of oil companies. (2:38)