Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is an international organization for the conservation of wildlife and their natural habitats that operates at the global level. Since its foundation in 1895 in New York, it has been dedicated to the protection of biodiversity and today is focused on research and education on these topics, and to the management of the largest systems of urban parks in the world. At the same time, develops over 500 field programs in more than 60 countries.
Chile is one of them. Since its beginnings, in the eighties, WCS has developed several initiatives in coordination with local stakeholders and with public agencies, such as the conservation of flamingos in the Chilean Altiplano, marine birds in Robinson Crusoe archipelago and the blue whales in the Corcovado gulf.
WCS-Chile exists since 2004 and is formed by researchers, park rangers and administrative personnel, a team oriented to make the nearly 300,000 hectares of the Karukinka reserve, in Tierra del Fuego, an economically and ecologically sustainable conservation area, that interacts with the local community, open to the world and that constitute the legacy of WCS to the future.