Paraguay is the meeting point for many different eco-regions which, together, create a rich and unique variety of wildlife habitats. WLT is funding the protection of habitat in three distinct regions: the Dry Chaco, the Chaco-Pantanal wetlands and the Atlantic forest.
Paraguay is a relatively unknown, land-locked country in the heart of South America that shelters an extraordinary range of wilderness areas. The country hosts a range of extremely threatened habitats including lowland rainforest, grassland, wetlands and dry and humid forests. The aim of WLT’s conservation work in Paraguay is to raise funds to purchase and protect these critical habitats and ensure their permanant protection through the employment of wildlife rangers.
Other projects in Paraguay:
WLT has been very successful in supporting the purchase of three reserves in very different Paraguayan habitats; the grass and wetland habitat of the Chaco-Pantanal; the increasingly threatened Dry Chaco and the quickly diminishing Atlantic Forest of Paraguay. WLT continues to support conservation efforts in these areas through ecosystem services programmes and Keepers of the Wild.
- Big cats such as Jaguars (Panthera onca), Pumas (Puma concolor), Ocelots (Leopardis pardalis) and Jaguarundis (Puma yagouaroundi).
- Five species of primates.
- ‘The 3 Giants’: Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) and Giant Armadillo (Priodontes maximus).
- The Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris), Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) a number of fox and deer species, and the world's highest diversity of armadillos.
- Its location in the centre of South America makes Paraguay an important stop-over for migratory birds.
- Parrot species: Endangered Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus).
- Birds of Prey: Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) and Endangered Crowned Solitary Eagle (Harpyhaliaetus coronatus).
The Atlantic Forest, in particular, is known for its high diversity of reptiles. Within the first year of biological monitoring, project partners Guyra Paraguay identified two new species of snake.
The growing demand for soya, biofuels and other industrial agriculture threatens these unique habitats, which, despite their importance to wildlife, have received little attention until recently.
- The once extensive Atlantic Forest is now reduced to a series of fragmented forest islands, meaning that the wildlife is increasingly threatened.
- The Chaco habitat is easily destroyed and large areas have already been cleared to make way for cattle ranching.
- The Chaco-Pantanal transition zone is under the threat of being drained, polluted and also lost through the spread of agriculture.
WLT supports three reserves covering very different habitats. Find out more about each reserve area on our reserves pages.
- The Chaco/Pantanal Reserve: Chaco-Pantanal transition zone
- Campo Iris: Dry Chaco
- Guyra Reta: Atlantic Rainforest