Protecting Patagonia protects the earth’s atmosphere too

Americas Now

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At the southern tip of the Americas you’ll find one of the only privately-owned nature reserves in the world. Karukinka Park lies in Chile’s Patagonia. It’s 300,000 hectares of raw wilderness and is home to more than 100 native species.

The park is part of Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile, a region often referred to as resembling the end of the world. Abundant with natural resources like peat moss that are vital to the earth, Karukinka could have faced a different fate a decade ago had it not been for a major public-private partnership.

Today it is thriving but faces some new challenges like being threatened by a somewhat surprising culprit. Beavers!

Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports from Patagonia on why this large population of rodents has become a major concern to conservationists.

Protecting Patagonia protects the earth’s atmosphere too

Protecting Patagonia protects the earth’s atmosphere too

At the southern tip of the Americas you'll find one of the only privately-owned nature reserves in the world. Karukinka Park lies in Chile's Patagonia. It's 300,000 hectares of raw wilderness and is home to more than 100 native species. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports from Patagonia on why this large population of rodents has become a major concern to conservationists.