| Jul 27, 2023
New release of Darwin's rhea chicks
Releasing the Rhea Chicks: Embracing Freedom!
The Darwin's Rhea plays a crucial role as a seed disperser in the Patagonian steppe, but its population has been nearly extinct in the Aysén region due to various challenges. Decades of overgrazing, excessive hunting, canine predation, and nest destruction have left the local rhea population extremely small and isolated, making it difficult for them to recover on their own. In response to this critical situation, our Rhea Breeding Center was established in 2014 with the goal of accelerating the species' recovery and restoring the natural balance in the Patagonian steppe ecosystem.
In March 2023, we welcomed 17 "charitos" (rhea chicks) from our strategic collaborator, Quimán Reserve. After two months of acclimatization and care at our breeding center, we successfully released these young rheas into the Patagonia National Park. This important step marks the beginning of their journey towards exploration and expansion in the wild, and it contributes to our ongoing efforts to bolster the population of this emblematic bird in the Patagonian Steppe.
We are deeply grateful for your continued support and belief in our mission to protect and restore the unique biodiversity of Patagonia. Together, we are making a tangible difference for these remarkable creatures and their fragile habitat. Your contributions are making a lasting impact on the future of the Darwin's Rhea and the entire Patagonian ecosystem.
Thank you for being a part of this journey of hope.
A new life in the Patagonain Steppe!
Alejandra Saavedra, Wildlife Park Ranger