Maracaibo dry forests

WWF Abstract

Surrounding the Maracaibo Lake basin in northwestern Venezuela, the Maracaibo Dry Forests ecoregion is an oasis for interesting animals such as anteaters, kinkajous, and hawkmoths. This area is bordered on the north by xeric scrub, to the south and east by northern Andean slope moist forest, and to the west by the Andean foothills moist and montane forest. There are also patches of mangrove habitat along the shores of Lake Maracaibo, in the interior of the ecoregion. The dominant vegetation is deciduous lowland forest and deciduous thorn forest. This dry forest habitat is severely degraded and only occurs in patches and along streams and protected areas. Here small buffy hummingbirds fly among the flowers of Bombacopsis trees.
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Ecozone:Neotropic
Biome:Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Countries:Venezuela
Area:11,135,999 acres (4,506,579 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER