El Impenetrable National Park

| Argentina |

Area: 316,295 acres (128,000 hectares)
Estimated Carbon Storage: 29.5 million metric tonnes

The Grand Chaco ecoregion supports the second-largest continuous forest in South America after the Amazon. Noting that few protected areas existed within this big continental plain, CLT (now Rewilding Argentina) fostered the creation of a national park on the former Estancia La Fidelidad, a vast private property crossed by the Bermejo and Bermejito Rivers. In 2014 El Impenetrable National Park was designated by Congress, a diverse terrain hosting quebracho and palm tree forests, riverine jungles, grasslands, and wetlands. Notable wildlife species include giant armadillo, tapir, giant anteater, puma, Chacoan peccary, maned wolf, seriema, black-bodied woodpecker, and Chaco owl. The park also offers ideal habitat for recovering healthy populations of jaguars, giant otters, guanaco, pampas deer, marsh deer, and other imperiled species in the region.

Park History

Through tireless advocacy and by providing private funding to support the park’s creation, Tompkins Conservation was central to the birth story of El Impenetrable. And since 2011 we have partnered with provincial and national park officials to ensure compliance with environmental laws, develop scientific research, and promote nature tourism.