The largest reintroduction program in the Americas, "Rewilding Iberá: Park Creation and Wildlife Restoration in Subtropical Argentina," will be the subject of a talk by biologist and conservationist Ignacio Jiménez Pérez on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
Jiménez Pérez will speak at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West at 12:15 p.m., a free talk hosted by the Draper Natural History Museum in the Coe Auditorium.
Jiménez Pérez leads the reintroduction project as conservation director for Argentina’s Conservation Land Trust, part of Tompkins Conservation, which has been working since 1997 to establish the largest park in the Iberá region of Argentina.
A vast wilderness covered by wetlands, grasslands, and small forests, the Iberá region suffered the worst defaunation process in Northern Argentina during the 20th century. For the past 10 years CLT has been reintroducing tapirs, giant anteaters, pampas deer, collared peccaries, and green-winged macaws in Iberá, and is also carrying out the first on-site jaguar breeding program for reintroduction.
In his talk, Jiménez Pérez shares the challenges of such an ambitious project, its results and lessons learned.