Chagres National Park was created in 1985 to protect upper Rio Chagres Basin, which is the main water supply of Panama and Colon City, also provides energy and 40% of the fresh water required to operate the Panama Canal.

On its limits where included several private land, towns, and embera villages which makes it almost impossible to protect its pristine jungles from expanding human frontiers.

 Its symbol is the river otter which is elusive but abundant.  Here is a video taken by a river kayaking guide that shows a playful tamed river otter by one of the Embera Villages.