Noel Kempff Mercado

Noel Kempff Mercado
Born (1924-02-27)February 27, 1924
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Died September 5, 1986(1986-09-05) (aged 62)
Serranía de Caparuch, Bolivia
Nationality Bolivian
Fields Biologist

Noel Kempff Mercado (February 27, 1924 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia September 5, 1986 in the Serranía de Caparuch, Bolivia) was a Bolivian biologist and environmentalist.

Kempff Mercado studied at the University of Santa Cruz where also received his B.Sc. in 1946. During a field campaign in the Huanchaca Nationalpark in 1986 he and several other scientists discovered a cocaine factory in the Bolivian forest. Kempff Mercado and most of the scientists were killed by the criminals. The Huanchaca National Park was renamed in 1988 as Noel Kempff Mercado National Park.


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