Iberá National Park

Argentina:
the Science of Rewilding

Conservation Experience at
Iberá National Park, Argentina

A once in a lifetime opportunity for behind the scenes insights into the science of nature restoration and rewilding in one of the world’s most ambitious conservation projects firsthand, the creation of Iberá National Park, hosted by the science director.

The journey combines tracking the rewilding of endemic wildlife with fireside chats with experienced scientists, honing in on the biodiversity of this rare and globally significant ecosystem.

What to expect

The journey begins with a night soaking in the colourful and intoxicating city of Buenos Aires before flying north to Corrientes province, the gateway to the Iberá wetlands. The following six nights you will be immersed in the wilderness staying in locally-run lodges in the heart of the reserve. Days are spent alongside the biologists and Kristine Tompkins, herself, engaging with the rewilding programme, tracking and monitoring wildlife, including giant anteaters, deer, jaguar and macaws. You will explore the vast plains by kayak, foot and on horseback, with early mornings spent birdwatching and evenings enjoying hearty asados at sunset, sharing stories and ideas with conservationists and fellow guests, sundowner in hand. You will have the opportunity to observe the ecosystem, one of the world’s largest wetlands, through a scientific lens, and grow your insights and ideas for potential, replicable solutions for nature restoration.

Conservation Impact

Sometimes called “the Argentine Pantanal,” Iberá is one of the planet’s largest freshwater wetlands, covering more than 3.2 million acres of grasslands and marsh in Corrientes Province of northeastern Argentina. It is home to 30% of the country’s biodiversity including endangered species such as the pampas and marsh deer, the maned wolf, anteater and grassland birds like the strange-tailed tyrant.

Your Host

Your host is Emiliano Donadio, science director of the Iberá project and responsible for leading the successful reintroduction of species.

YOUR HOST

MEET YOUR HOST:
EMILIANO DONADIO

Science Director of Fundación Rewilding Argentina
PhD in Ecology
Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council

Emiliano Donadio’s focus is on ecology and wildlife conservation, and he investigates processes including predator-prey interactions, competitive interactions and migrations.

With a bachelors degree and a masters in zoology, a PhD in ecology and awarded the prestigious Fulbright fellowship, Donadio has returned to Argentina to study its significant native wildlife and plant species. In 2008 he received a grant from National Geographic for conserving the last of the wild, pumas and wild camelids in the semiarid landscapes of the Argentinean Andes. He received a second grant in 2018 for his work conserving the last south American ungulate migrations, the guanaco in the Andes.

Emiliano possesses a strong belief in the significance of this rare and vanishing ecosystem, and his passion for nature, married with an extensive knowledge of species restoration is the driving force behind Iberá as an exemplary destination for nature

A GLOBALLY UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE
ON CONSERVATION IN ACTION

DETAILS

this is a rare opportunity for a private group of six to fourteen guests to be immersed in a leading conservation project 

price on request

INCLUDED

Boutique Hotel
Airport Transfers
Full-board
Beverages
Internal Flights to Corrientes
Transfer Flights over Iberá
Daily Experiences at Iberá

DATES

25 SEPTEMBER – 2 OCTOBER 2022
Limited availability
Travel subject to application

At a Glance: Funcacion
Rewilding Argentina

1,850,000

…acres (or 750,000 hectares) of land protected.

264,000,000

…metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent sequestered.

370,658

…acres donated for new parkland creation.

OUR FOCUS - THE IBERÁ NATIONAL PARK:

This extraordinary wetland, the largest in Argentina, is home to 30% of the biodiversity in the country including endangered species such as the pampas and marsh deer, the maned wolf and grassland birds like the strange-tailed tyrant.

In 2005, what was to become one of the largest rewilding programs in the Americas was started, with the goal of restoring keystone species that had been extirpated from Iberá through hunting and habitat loss and were extinct in the region, the Province or, in some cases, the country. 

As the rewilding program developed, the cultural identity of Iberá began to recover alongside the ecosystems and natural processes, impacting a total population of 100,000 people who surround the park.

Today, Iberá stands as one of the world’s most successful ongoing conservation missions.

The Field Report