Traslasierra National Park – located in the northwest of Córdoba, Argentina and founded in March 2018 – will expand the existing 27,000 hectares by 17,000 hectares. This significant milestone will help protect an important part of the Gran Chaco, a hot, semi-arid forest that is home to immense biodiversity and historical heritage. It is the largest forest area in South America after the Amazon, but it is threatened by deforestation, ranching, and other human activities.
This habitat serves as a natural refuge for around 200 species of birds, 34 mammals and 30 reptiles, some of which are rare and threatened with extinction worldwide. Endangered birds live in Traslasierra National Park, such as the crowned single eagle Buteogallus coronatus (critically endangered) and the Andean condor Vultur gryphus (endangered), which were upgraded to a higher threat category in last year’s IUCN red list update. Other rare species that will call this new paradise home are the Yellow Cardinal Gubernatrix cristata (critically endangered), the turquoise-fronted Amazon Amazona aestiva, and the Chaco Owl Strix chacoensis (both Near Threatened).
Hernán Casañas, Executive Director of Aves Argentinas, mentions that expanding the territory of a national park is a “transcendent” step towards achieving the biodiversity conservation goals that should define Argentina’s environmental policy. It will also help the locals to earn a more sustainable livelihood: “With the implementation of the Traslasierra National Park … Cordoba opens up a promising panorama in terms of tourism, not only locally but also internationally … Córdoba can show that nature conservation and development go hand in hand, “says Casañas.
Through our partner Aves Argentinas, who was involved in the promotion and administration of this project from the beginning, the Wyss Foundation provided the necessary financial means for the creation of the National Park Córdoba and the National Parks Administration as part of a joint effort by the province.