- Approximately 200km North-West of Manaus, in the Amazon in Brazil.
- The largest national park in the amazon basin
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- Humid, tropical climate where rain falls in two seasons. Around 1750mm between July and September and 2500mm between December and April.
- Annual temperatures range is between 26-26.7 c
- Varoety of vegetation types including swamp and grasslands.
- High diversity, 120 species of mammals, 470 birds, 15 reptiles and 320 fish.
- Threatened species include long haired spider monkey, blackheaded uakari monkey and the giant anteater.
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- Brazil's federal government own 98.3% of the park, the rest 31 legally held properties which are to be repossessed by the state.
- 1.5% of the land is settles by 183 families without ownership, mainly descendants of portugese settlers. They live in traditional style by manioc cultivation, hunting and fishing.
- No road access to Jau, only accessible by river.
- Visitors need prior authorisation to access the park from the director at the IBAMA headquaters in Manaus.
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- WWF priority region for conservation
- FVA has carried our multidisciplinary research in the park since 1992, recording flora and fauna, soils and landscape. Ongoing research on the resident population is focused on analysis of land use and activities.
- Specific activities such as managment training for local people, public use and recreation and education.
- Primary sources of funding include the WWF, the EU and the government of Austria (47 million)
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