Patagonia Park contains and protects the highest levels of biodiversity found in Chile’s Aysen region. As the park’s endemic plants restore in number, the repopulation of wildlife has followed closely behind. Home to many endangered species, such as the nationally treasured huemul deer, puma, and Andean condor, the park provides scientists and wildlife lovers alike the chance to experience these rare species first hand. Our staff of local wildlife biologists, as well as visiting experts, has made Valle the Chacabuco Valley a hot spot for the study of many of these threatened species.
Our wildlife recovery program, run by Wildlife Manager Cristián Saucedo, has spearheaded a number of groundbreaking studies and rehabilitation programs within the park. The team has radio collared several pumas, studied our small population of huemul deer (140 of just 2,000 left worldwide), and in 2014 successfully rereleased three Andean condors back to their native region. Our growing partnership with SAG (Chile’s wildlife authority) has allowed us to increase the impact of our research and provide the Chilean government with more opportunity to study these endemic species.
While some species are rare to spot, a typical day at Patagonia Park provides visitors with plenty of wildlife viewings. Nosy guanacos frequent the Lodge lawns and campgrounds, huemul line the banks of Lake Cochrane, and pink Chilean flamingos bathe near the banks of Lake Seco. Whether you are hiking the trails or gazing out of the Lodge windows during breakfast, the park’s wildlife is sure to captivate and inspire. Patagonian wildlife guides are available upon request at the park office.
Below, you’ll find our blog entries with profiles of some of the remarkable flora and fauna species found in the park; click on the images below to learn more about each one, or click here to learn about our huemul deer recovery and puma monitoring programs.
See this document for a complete list of species.