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Seminar on Biodiversity Conservation in Estancia La Esperanza, Patagonia

A Guanaco in Patagonia
Date and Time: 
31 January 2012
Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, University of London

A seminar by Guillermo Harris, President of Fundación Patagonia Natural (FPN) a World Land Trust (WLT) partner organisation in Patagonia, Argentina. It promises to be an insightful look at biodiversity conservation on the WLT-funded coastal steppe reserve: Estancia La Esperanza (or Ranch of Hopes).

For anyone interested in the biodiversity and conservation of this huge wilderness, Guillermo’s seminar is not to be missed.

After the Event

Estancia la Esperanza  was established by FPN to safeguard the Coastal Steppe in Patagonia, which was completely unprotected despite being home to a wealth of wildlife including endemic species that are found nowhere else on Earth. Guillermo spoke passionately about its history and on-going conservation, which WLT has supported since 2000.

The reserve protects coastal steppe habitat for an array of mammal and bird life; Puma and Geoffroy’s Cat have been seen, Guanaco (pictured) roam freely, while Burrowing Owls and Burrowing Parrots can also be spotted. The 13 kilometre of coastline and seas are home to marine mammals such as Sea Lions, Southern Elephant Seals and Magellanic Penguins. Between May and December, Southern Right Whales come here to mate and give birth. Killer Whales can also be seen and occasionally beach themselves as they come onto the shore in an attempt to capture Sea Lions and Elephant seals.

Guillermo is author and illustrator of the book: A Guide to the Birds and Mammals of Coastal Patagonia, the first guidebook to the birds and mammals of the coastal region of Patagonia. It describes the 185 species of birds and 61 species of mammals known to inhabit the land and sea along two thousand miles of the Patagonian coast, from Peninsula Valdés to the Strait of Magellan.

With an area covering over half a million square miles, Patagonia is larger than Spain and Portugal combined. It is scarcely populated and much of its land is desert, swept year-round by winds from both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

WLT continues to support the project at Estancia la Esperanza, but now that the land is purchased, the refuge created, and the wildlife protected we have turned out fundraising attention to other projects where we urgently need to raise donations.

Event Extras

Guillermo's talk is one in a series of lectures from WLT's partner organisations discussing conservation throughout South America, organised in collaboration between WLT and the Study of the Americas.



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