Animal biologist and conservationist Ignacio Jiménez Pérez currently coordinates the largest reintroduction program in the Americas. On Wednesday, September 20 at 12:15 p.m. he presents a free talk about the project titled Rewilding Iberá: Park Creation and Wildlife Restoration in Subtropical Argentina.
The talk is hosted by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Draper Natural History Museum and takes place in the Center’s Coe Auditorium. Jiménez heads the reintroduction project as Conservation Director for Argentina’s Conservation Land Trust (CLT), 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 twentieth century. For the past ten 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, who has extensive international experience in conservation, shares the challenges of such an ambitious project, its results, and lessons learned.
Throughout his career, Jiménez Pérez has coordinated research and management projects with manatees in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and with golden-crowned sifakas in Madagascar, worked on wetlands and protected areas in El Salvador. Originally from Spain, he has coordinated and published a national assessment of the Spanish experience in endangered species recovery.
Jiménez Pérez has a degree in Animal Biology from the Universidad de Valencia in Spain and a Masters in Wildlife Management and Conservation from the Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica. He has worked for the Conservation Land Trust since 2005.
Jiménez Pérez’s research and conservation efforts have been featured in various scientific journals, books, and other publications. He enjoys training young as well as experienced conservationists, and has coordinated more than 30 training courses in Spain, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Argentina, and Chile about interdisciplinary issues related to nature conservation. He has given presentations at international meetings and at TEDx programs.
Lectures organized and hosted by the Draper Natural History Museum are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation. To learn more about natural science programming at the Center of the West, visit centerofthewest.org/explore/greater-yellowstone-natural-history/programs.
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