The land purchased by The Cat Survival Trust consists of a long, narrow triangle with its base on Route Nacional 14 and its apex almost on the Brazilian border. (In the map on the sign, South is to the top and East to the left - it is in the Southern Hemisphere!) The total area is 3,796 hectares.
With the exception of one small area, the whole park is covered with virgin forest through which flow many small streams. These latter are almost the only unpolluted water in the area, the soil erosion which inevitably follows deforestation having choked almost all the other watercourses, destroying most of the life in them.
Of special interest to the Cat Survival Trust are the five species of cats which live in the park: jaguarundi
and tiger cat
. These represent half the species for the whole of South America. Jaguars
, which used to be found in the area, disappeared about ninety years ago.
Initial work in the park has revealed four species of orchid which appear to be new to science, two previously unknown edible fruits and one species of bird never before found in Argentina. The tree ferns shown in the picture were previously thought to be locally extinct.
Over fifty plants found in the area are considered by local people to have useful medicinal properties.
With so much found in the first few months of the reserves existence it is no wonder that the message sent back by the man who visited the land on the Trusts behalf prior to the purchase was This land must be saved at all costs!.
Although badly in need of updating, the lists of species notified to us as having been found in the reserve shortly after its acquisition give some idea of the diversity of its wildlife. Unfortunately the observer who sent us the information is mainly interested in birds and mammals! Follow the links below to the lists.