More on the killer puya!

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:25:43 PST
Puyas may be hard on sheep (revenge of the flora!), but they also offer 
habitat to certain species. For instance, there is a species of 
Chinchilla in Chile that is very endangered. It nests inside big puyas 
for protection from predators. Conservation efforts for this animal 
include preserving and replanting puyas in the reserve dedicated to it. 
Las Chinchillas Reserva Nacional in Coquimbo province is a great place 
to visit. The flora is extremely varied, including Placea!,  there is a 
good trail system, and there is also a little "zoo" where nocturnal 
animals are housed and you can see them through special glass; the 
ranger gives a talk to visitors. I also saw interesting birds in the 
reserve. I seem to recall there are birds that nest inside puyas as well.

Jane McGary

Portland, Oregon, USA


On 12/29/2016 9:47 AM, Louis Richard wrote:
> Unbelievable article!
>
> Thanks for sharing, Jim!
>
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