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It had been more than half a century since a breeding of Tapir was born in the Esteros de Iberá. Today thanks to the tireless work of the Wildlife Restoration Project, and the strong dedication of its responsible, the Conservation Land Trust Argentina, this beautiful creature walks again the marshes.

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he tapir is the largest terrestrial mammal in South America and is considered endangered in Argentina. This rare animal has seen its population reduced to less than half in the last 100 years due to the destruction of its habitat and indiscriminate hunting.

To reverse this, the CLT foundation started in Corrientes in 2016 a project destined to bring this great mammal back to Iberá. Thus, animals were released from the Salta Autonomous Fauna Station of the Government of Salta and the Horco Molle Experimental Reserve of the University of Tucumán. As a result of these efforts has confirmed the birth of the first breeding of this new population restored in the area.

Cría de Tapir

The newborn male tapir is the son of Nena, a female who came from the Salta Autonomous Fauna Station to join the group of founders of the new tapir population in Iberá in March of this year. With the arrival of this breeding there are already seven specimens (2 males and 4 adult females, plus the small male) living in Rincon del Socorro, a natural reserve owned by CLT that will be donated to the Argentine state to be part of the Iberá National Park.

This birth is added to the list of species that were previously extinct in Iberá, such as the pampas deer, anteater and peccaries.

 

The birth of this breeding means another step in the ambitious task of bringing back the species of fauna that had disappeared from the Iberá. This extinct or rewilding wildlife restoration program is the largest on the American continent and was initiated in 2007 by the foundation created by Douglas and Kristine Tompkins with the release of the first anteaters. Since then, the program has had the active participation of the governments of Corrientes and Argentina, authorities of other provinces, and the support of dozens of public and private organizations and individuals from Argentina and abroad.

Cría de tapir
 

Ibera’s rewilding program is reinforced by the donation of CLT lands to create the Iberá Park (which with 700,000 hectares would be the largest in Argentina) and the work of multiple institutions to promote Iberá to become a destination for Ecotourism that serves as a source of employment and pride for the inhabitants of the region.

NENA AND HER BREEDING IN THE ESTEROS DEL IBERÁ

In the words of Sebastián de Martino, coordinator of the CLT Wildlife Restoration Program in Iberá: “The birth of this breeding is added to the births of species that were previously extinct in Iberá, such as the pampas deer , The anteater and pecarí. We want to thank our Tucuman and Salta partners who donated the tapirs for helping Corrientes re-count this key piece of their original fauna. We hope that this good news will be complemented soon with the first jaguar birth in the region.”

This is an example of what can be achieved in our country when private and public entities collaborate for a common purpose.

Iberá’s Restoration

The Iberá Natural Reserve was created by the Corrientes government in 1983, covering 1.3 million hectares of public and private fields. Douglas and Kristine Tompkins were invited by managers from Argentina national parks administration in 1997 to meet the Iberá. In love with this large wilderness area, the Tompkins began working in the area through their CLT foundation, until they bought 150,000 hectares of private fields, in order to donate them someday to the Argentine state. Thanks to the care of the foundation’s technicians, working in collaboration with the staff of the provincial reserve, wildlife recovered quickly and Iberá became a world-renowned nature destination.

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In parallel, the CLT-led wildlife restoration program has managed to establish two new populations of pampas deer and anteater populations in the region, along with early cores of tapirs, collared peccaries and red macaws.

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Likewise, the first program of the world began to breed jaguars so that they could be reintroduced in areas where the species has disappeared. All these efforts were supported by the agreement reached between CLT, the Government of Corrientes and the current government of Argentina, to create the large Iberá Park of 700,000 hectares, from the fiscal lands of Corrientes and lands donated by CLT.

Source: Proyecto Iberá


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