Video: Tompkins Conservation with footage from @Rewilding_Argentina & @MatiasRebak
Argentina, Corrientes Province: February 2022 saw fire crews from Rewilding Argentina, the Province of Corrientes, Argentina National Parks and other organisations battling raging wildfires affecting wildlife and precious ecosystems in Iberá Park, one of South America’s largest wetlands, and the region that has witnessed the return of the jaguar, after an absence of over 70 years.
The eight jaguar, released into the park in 2021 and 2022, have been found alive, which is testimony to their successful adaptation. But over half of the park has been devastated.
There is extensive damage to the park infrastructure, including the loss of perimeter fencing which protects the park from community livestock, and in this period of recovery, food availability for surviving wildlife that includes many endangered and threatened species, will be seriously impacted.
According to Kristine Tompkins, President of Rewilding Argentina’s partner organisation, Tompkins Conservation, which helped to create the 1.8 million acre park through land donations, “This is a terrible blow for Argentina and the world. The Iberá National Park not only ensures a healthy environment for extensive human and wildlife communities, it has become a pillar of the local economy. After this crisis, rewilding will be an even more essential tool in helping the wetlands become more resilient in the face of environmental crises like this one.”