Rewilding Iberá: Park Creation and Wildlife Restoration in Subtropical Argentina
By Ignacio Jiménez Pérez
September 20, 2017
Join us for a free talk by Ignacio Jiménez Pérez, who presents Rewilding Iberá: Park Creation and Wildlife Restoration in Subtropical Argentina.
Since 1997, the Conservation Land Trust (CLT), as part of Tompkins Conservation, has been working to establish the largest park in Argentina and to carry out the largest program for species reintroduction in Latin America. The Iberá region is a vast wilderness covered by wetlands, grasslands, and small forests. This region suffered the worst defaunation process in Northern Argentina during the twentieth century. For the last ten years, CLT has been reintroducing tapirs, giant anteaters, pampas deer, collared peccaries, and green-winged macaws in Iberá. The foundation is also carrying out the first on-site jaguar breeding program for reintroduction. The CLT has also purchased 375,000 acres of former cattle ranches to restore them ecologically and donate them to the Argentinean government to create a national park. Jiménez’s talks shares the challenges of such an ambitious project, its results, and lessons learned.
Originally from Spain, Ignacio Jiménez Pérez has extensive international experience in conservation. He 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, and 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 in Argentina since 2005, where he has coordinated the largest reintroduction program in the Americas. The initiative includes species such as the giant anteater, pampas deer, tapir, peccary, green-winged macaw, maned wolf, and jaguar. He spent 2016 living in South Africa, learning how public and private organizations in Africa manage and integrate nature reserves, rewilding, and ecotourism.
His main theme of interest is identifying organizational factors behind successful conservation programs and institutions. His research and conservation efforts have been featured in various scientific journals, books, and other publications. He loves to train young and 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. Presently, Jiménez Pérez acts as Conservation Director for the Conservation Land Trust in Argentina.