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Friday, 23 August, 2002, 02:00 GMT 03:00 UK
In pictures: Brazil's rainforest park
President Fernando Henrique Cardoso has signed a decree creating the largest tropical forest reserve in the world.

The Tumucumaque National Park in Brazil's Amazonian state of Amapa will be home to many unidentified plants and unique animal species.

Jari river (WWF-Brazil)
The park is in one of least accessible regions of the Amazon, with dense forests and impassable rivers

Panthera onca, or spotted jaguar (WWF)
The Jaguar is one of the larger mammals inhabiting the Tumucumaque forests

Squirrel monkey and black spider monkey (WWF/Brazil)
The area is also home to at least eight primate species

Freshwater turtle (WWF)
The freshwater turtle is typical of the Brazilian Amazon

Amazon canopy featuring flowered trees (WWF-Brazil)
Conservationists believe the reserve contains many unidentified plants and unique animal species
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