Desembarco del Granma National Park (1999)
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Cuba 2001. America Issue. UNESCO World Heritage. Granma National Park. Orchid. Tetramcra Malpighianum.

Cuba 2001. America Issue. UNESCO World Heritage. Granma National Park. Shells. Liggus Vittatus.

Desembarco del Granma National Park, with its uplifted marine terraces and associated ongoing development of karst topography and features, represents a globally significant example of geomorphologic and physiographic features and ongoing geological processes. 

The area, which is situated in and around Cabo Cruz in south-east Cuba, includes spectacular terraces and cliffs, as well as some of the most pristine and impressive coastal cliffs bordering the western Atlantic. 

  • Cuba 2001. America Issue. UNESCO World Heritage. 
    • 15c. Orchid. Tetramicra Malpighiarum. 
    • 65c. Shells. Liggus Vittatus. 
The site contains 13 species of mammals, 110 birds, 44 reptiles and seven amphibians. At least 23% of the mammals, 22.7% of the birds, 90.9% of the reptiles and 85.7% of the amphibians are local or national endemisms. 
  • Cuba 2001. Aquatic Life. 
    • Tinca Tinca. 
    • Mytilus Edulis

Cuba 2001. Aquyatic Life. Tinca Tinca.

Cuba 2001. Aquatic Life. Mytilus Edulis.

Below is a very nice set of endemic Cuban birds, issued 1975. The shown set is all ordinary postage stamps, but they exist also as air post stamps. 

Cuba 1975., Endemic Birds. Cuban Vireo [Vireo Gundlachii] Cuba 1975., Endemic Birds. Bare-legged Owl [Gymnoglaux Lawrencii]. Cuba 1975. Endemic Birds. Cuban Parakeet [Aratinga Euops].
Cuba 1975. Endemic Birds. Blue-headed Quail-Dove [Starnoenas Cyanocephala] Cuba 1975. Endemic Birds. Hook-billed Kite [Chondrohierax Uncinatus] Cuba 1975. Endemic Birds. Zapata Rail [Cyanolimnas Cerverai]

In its justification for inscription the UNESCO states that the uplifted marine terraces of the Desembarco del Granma National Park and associated ongoing development of karst topography and features, represent a globally significant example of geomorphologic and physiographic features and ongoing geological processes. The area includes spectacular stair-step terraces and cliffs and the ecosystems that have evolved on them, as well as some of the most pristine and impressive coastal cliffs bordering the Western Atlantic between the Canadian Maritimes and southern South America. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Cuba (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Cuba-section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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