Cueva Del Guácharo National Park

Cueva Del Guácharo National Park

The Guácharo Cave National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Cueva del Guácharo) is located 12 km from the town of Caripe, Monagas, Venezuela. It has as its centerpiece a large limestone cave.

The cave was visited in 1799 by Alexander von Humboldt, who realised that the thousands of oilbirds (guácharos in Spanish; scientific name Steatornis caripensis) which live in the cave belonged to a species unknown to science. Humboldt named the frugivorous, nocturnal species after the town of Caripe.

Read more about Cueva Del Guácharo National Park:  The Cave, Guácharo Bird, Conservation, Humboldt Museum

Other articles related to "national park":

Cueva Del Guácharo National Park - Humboldt Museum
... It offers information about the cave, the national park, the oilbird (guácharo), and Alexander Von Humboldt ...

Famous quotes containing the words national and/or park:

    In really hard times the rules of the game are altered. The inchoate mass begins to stir. It becomes potent, and when it strikes,... it strikes with incredible emphasis. Those are the rare occasions when a national will emerges from the scattered, specialized, or indifferent blocs of voters who ordinarily elect the politicians. Those are for good or evil the great occasions in a nation’s history.
    Walter Lippmann (1889–1974)

    Is a park any better than a coal mine? What’s a mountain got that a slag pile hasn’t? What would you rather have in your garden—an almond tree or an oil well?
    Jean Giraudoux (1882–1944)