WILD NEW WORLD
We are pleased to present our 2022 Annual Report,
Wild New World
This year marked an extraordinary progress in the recovery of jaguars in Argentina. After the release of the first jaguars in Iberá Park, four cubs were born in complete freedom; while at El Impenetrable National Park, two cubs were born from a trailblazing breeding between a captive-bred and a wild jaguar. All these actions contribute to the establishment of a large corridor that connects the species’ relict populations in Northern Argentina.
At the southernmost of Argentina, the legislators of Tierra del Fuego passed a law to protect Peninsula Mitre and the surrounding sea, recognizing more than thirty years of local efforts to protect this pristine ecosystem.
Alongside local communities, we have actively engaged in preparing Iberá, El Impenetrable, Patagonia Azul, and the Pinturas Canyon areas to receive nature enthusiasts, resulting in a record number of visitors and generating new income for the local people. This increased engagement has also fostered a growing sense of ownership and pride among the nearby communities, who are further dedicated to protecting these wild refuges, promoting nature tourism, and honouring their cultural heritage.
Together, we are paving the way towards a wild new world.
We hope you enjoy reading our report!
2022 by the numbers
Península Mitre Natural Protected Area. Photo: Joel Reyero
In 2022, we helped create ONE protected area, expand ONE national park, inaugurated TWO public-access gateways, and incorporated 5,764 hectares for restoration, donated 1,500 hectares to the government, and built 104 of perimeter fences and 132 kilometres of fire-breaks.
Chacoan-born jaguars Chaco and Taragüi at El Impenetrable National Park. Photo: Miranda Volpe
We witnessed the birth of SIX jaguar cubs in Iberá and El Impenetrable national parks, reintroduced ONE missing species at El Impenetrable National Park, translocated 120 animals, and deployed 144 devices for monitoring wildlife. We conducted ELEVEN active-management projects to increase populations of threatened wildlife, FOURTEEN reintroduction projects to restore locally extinct species, and TWELVE projects to eradicate exotic species.
Weaver artisan from one of El Impenetrable National Park’s neighboring communities. Photo: Juan Data
We received 89,577 tourists visits to four projects and created TWO environmental education programs. Moreover, we added 157 new “Entrepreneurs by Nature”, and provided 133 training courses and FOUR intercultural exchanges.
Patagonia Park’s Explorers program, designed and funded by Freyja Foundation and implemented by Rewilding Argentina. Photo: Horacio Barbieri
We invited 152 locals to our rewilding projects, provided puppet shows in TWENTY-SIX local schools, and SEVENTEEN talks on rewilding. Additionally, FOURTEEN families benefited from cattle managing projects, and TWENTY-SIX from food security projects.
About Rewilding Argentina
Rewilding Argentina is a non-profit organisation created to confront and reverse the extinction crisis and the resulting environmental degradation, to restore the healthy functioning of ecosystems, and to promote the well-being of local communities. Founded in 2010 by Argentinian conservationists and activists, Rewilding Argentina is the offspring of Tompkins Conservation.
So far, along with Tompkins Conservation and other organisations and philanthropists, we donated over 410 THOUSAND hectares of land to create and expand NINE national and provincial parks that safeguard over 1,5 MILLION hectares of land. This protected land sequesters more than 938 MILLION metric tons of carbon.
At sea, we helped protect NINETY-SEVEN THOUSAND square kilometres of the Argentine Sea with the creation of the FIRST TWO national marine parks in the country.
We are reintroducing FOURTEEN missing species to their natural habitats, and working with research and active management of ELEVEN threatened species to increase their population numbers.
SIX ecoregions are being positively-impacted by territorial conservation models: THE IBERÁ WETLANDS, THE GRAN CHACO, THE PATAGONIAN STEPPE, THE ARGENTINE SEA, THE YUNGAS, and THE PATAGONIAN FOREST.
We are helping to create FOUR nature-based tourism destinations: IBERÁ, EL IMPENETRABLE, PATAGONIA, and PATAGONIA AZUL, where we are developing THIRTEEN park gateways with public use infrastructure linked to local communities.