In pictures: The week in wildlife | Environment |

A butterfly in Yasuni national park in the western Amazon region of Ecuador. Conservation groups have been staggered by the biological riches in the park, which is situated at the intersection of the Amazon, the Andes and the equator. It was recently found to have 650 species of tree and shrub within a single hectare – the highest number in the world and more than in the whole of north America. It also has more than 20 threatened mammal species, including, jaguars, otters and monkeys, and several hundred bird species. This month, the government signed a $3.6bn deal not to exploit an oil-rich tract of land in the reserve

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