Conservacion Patagonica

ipadio: Hear Dave and Kath’s daily phlog – 20th phonecast

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Conservacion Patagonica, Dave and Kaths IPADIO Phonecasts | 0 comments

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Re-wilding of Valle Chacabuco

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Birds, Conservacion Patagonica, Conservation, Mammals, Sponsorship and Donations | 0 comments

In just one morning, whilst heading out with Luigi to place a puma camera we recorded all these wonderful species  in Valle Chacabuco, Chile. Until 2004, the 78,000 ha estancia was being grazed to destruction by thousands of cattle and sheep. Conservacion Patagonica, our charity, is now restoring the area and native wildlife and plants are slowly returning. It’s wonderful to be here and hear from the gauchos how the landscape is gradually re-wilding. If you’d like to make a donation to our cause please click here- we so appreciate it!!  The grand total: 30 birds and 1 mammal...

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So we thought we had it bad….!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Conservacion Patagonica, Conservation, Farming, Mammals, Sponsorship and Donations | 0 comments

We have just arrived into Valle Chacabuco, the area of  Patagonia we are raising money for, through our charity Conservacion Patagonica. Our first glimpse of this astounding mountainous landscape tells us just how much help folk here trying to restore this place are going to need – this is phenomenal! We were collected by pick-up off our route 11km away, and brought to the park HQ. The area we have driven through is recovering from a century of intensive overgrazing, which we’ll learn more about later, but the effects are devastating. Its hard to imagine that sheep and cows...

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Saving 2 million acres of wilderness

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in Birds, Conservacion Patagonica, Conservation, Farming, Hero Of The Week, The Run Up | 0 comments

Since arriving in Chile in April 2011, we had heard a lot about one couple, Douglas and Kristine Tompkins. Together they have conserved over 2 million acres of wilderness in Chile and Argentina through their respective organisations; The Conservation Land Trust and Conservacion Patagonica, more than any other private individuals. Buying land, to solely conserve it, was previously unheard of in Chile. The conspiracy theories abounded. There were claims that they were setting up a new Zionist state, that they would claim Chilean borders or steal Chile’s water to sell it to Africa. It...

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