An immense natural laboratory

Flora and fauna, as beautiful as diverse, are part of the usual landscape of Karukinka. 

Upstanding Guanacos roam its coast. Condors are sighted all too often, standing on cliffs or playing in the fueguian air currents; ducks and small birds flitting in the waters of rivers and lakes; elephant Seals weather the global warming resting on ice-cold rocks; small and violent carnivorous plants sprout among the mosses of peat bogs and catch insects with their sticky tentacles to feed on them.

A magical setting. An idyllic landscape. An earthly Eden. It is a rare privilege to have such vast territories so little disturbed, with pure biodiversity. In fact, no more than 200 visitors a year tread the grounds of Karukinka.

All this makes the reserve a giant natural laboratory, ideal for testing innovative ways of conservation for development in Patagonia, and thereby, based on the research and education generated there, promote from Karukinka, the biodiversity in the rest of Tierra del Fuego and Chile.

In Karukinka we can investigate, test, rehearse, discover and develop new tools, and with them contribute to conservation in the South Cone and the rest of the world, promoting joint management policies between countries and communities.

The survival of our species depends on the existence of all the variety of organisms that populate our lands and seas, and in Karukinka they are in sight. Directly or indirectly, everything we eat, breathe, drink, wear or use comes from biodiversity. And, as never before, we face the massive loss of it: its species and populations, and the ecological processes they perform.