From Wildlife Extra:
A vast coastal wildlife haven in Argentina declared a Biosphere Reserve
Four million acres of wildlife-rich land in southern Argentina has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
It has the largest breeding colony of southern elephant seals in South America and supports more than 70,000 pairs of Magellanic penguins, over 10,000 South American sea lions, cormorants, gulls, terns, and nearly 4,000 southern right whales. On land the peninsula sustains over 4,000 guanacos and some of the highest densities of maras and Darwin’s rheas in Patagonia.
This area is under threat from three nearby large cities and uncontrolled access by people using off-road vehicles. The new Biosphere designation draws attention to the urgent need for ensuring the protection of wildlife here.
“Península Valdés is one of the great natural wonders of Latin America with greater concentrations of wildlife than any other area on the entire coast of Patagonia,” said WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper.
“Making this incredible area region a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is the culmination of years of hard work by many great partners.”