Insights of South American flora and fauna.

Wednesday 23rd of August 2006, 05:20 PM (14 years ago)

Contact: Allison Knight | alli_knight@hotmail.com | 027 487 8265

A talk by Pascale Michel. This informal talk presents the ecological uniqueness of two main national parks in South America: Parque Nacional da Serra do Cipó (Minas Gerais, Brazil) and Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi (San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina). Serra de Cipó NP was created in 1984 to preserve a rich endemic flora, specific to dry high-altitude plateaux, and in particular the canela-de-ema (Vellozia pirestana) and a rare orchid (Constantia cipoensis). Nahuel Huapi NP comprises a large diversity of habitats expanding from Andean mountain beech forests to Patagonian steppes, and is home to humming birds and chinchillas. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.