Thanks to the help of the International Living Future Institute and readers like you, GreaterGood.org has expanded the protected space of a critical habitat in Argentina.
Native species like Andean cats, condors, and llamas are facing threats of habitat destruction as local farmers use the Patagonian steppe to let their livestock graze. The Rainforest Site, founded in 2000 to protect vital habitats and endangered flora and fauna, and GreaterGood.org have teamed up with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina (Vida Silvestre) to buy back the rights to these lands from the farmers.
With a $20,000 donation from the International Living Future Institute, the Lonco Vaca habitat will be incorporated into the Payunia Reserve, the largest protected area in the steppe.
“By buying out the grazing rights from livestock producers we have reached an agreement with the Mendoza provincial government to incorporate these lands into the strictly protected core of the reserve,” said Carina Righi, Director of WCS Argentina.
With more square acreage in the park, a greater number of migratory species will be protected from ranchers and landowners who treat these animals as a nuisance. That includes the guanacos who breed throughout the steppe, endangered Andean cats that are targeted by livestock farmers, and the condors that make their homes in the mountains nearby.
“When I visited the reserve area I was struck by the diversity and volume of animals, like an American Serengeti,” said Tim Kunin, CEO of GreaterGood.com which operates The Rainforest Site.
The purchase of the Lonco Vaca habitat was accepted by the provincial authorities in the summer of 2020.
“ILFI is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you on this project and make a donation toward the purchase and permanent protection of the Lonco Vaca property,” said Kathleen Smith, LEED Fellow, LFA and Director of Technical Support Services for ILFI.Whizzco