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Images: Species of the Maya Biosphere Reserve

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Maya Biosphere Reserve landscape

(Image credit: Melvin Mérida/WCS)

The heart of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, which will be protected under a new agreement between local communities, the Guatemalan governments and conservation groups.

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A scarlet macaw in the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

(Image credit: Melvin Mérida/WCS)

A scarlet macaw in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. The bird is one of the most endangered species of parrots in the world, threatened by the destruction of their habitats.

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Black howler monkey in the Maya Biosphere Reserve

(Image credit: Melvin Mérida/WCS)

The Maya Biosphere Reserve is also home to the black howler monkey (Alouatta caraya).

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Jaguar in the Maya Biosphere Reserve

(Image credit: Melvin Mérida/WCS)

Jaguars, the largest living cats in the Americas, are also found in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Jaguar populations still exist in 18 countries in Latin America.