Who We Are

Invited by an Argentine conservationist in the ‘90s, Douglas Tompkins discovered Iberá by chance. He was impacted by the scope of Iberá’s pristine landscapes and by the ability to observe large mammals in their natural habitat. Through the Conservación Land Trust (CLT), he bought the first lands from private owners. After various visits, the possibility of acquiring more land that was inaccessible to agriculture and cattle ranching animals became a reality. These lands were full of wild animals and native species and increased the total land ownership considerably. He decided to dedicate to the conservation of Iberá, initiating Project Esteros del Iberá.

Today, this project involves the work of an integrated interdisciplinary team of more than 20 people, mostly Argentines, who regardless of their different backgrounds, share a common goal: the conservation of Iberá through the recuperation of its landscapes and wildlife, the defense of the laws that protect the reserve, the diffusion of their values and problems, the construction of an infrastructure that allows the vigilance and public use of the reseve, and the promotion of alternative economic possibilities based on conservation and the cultural identity in the region.

Read about us in our new book


Tompkins Conservation 25: A Quarter Century of Work to Save the Wild chronicles the conservation work led by Douglas and Kristine Tompkins over the past 25 years. This lavishly illustrated (more than 300 color photos) volume brings to life the work of Tompkins Conservation—creating parklands, helping rewild those protected areas, promoting ecological agriculture, and fostering activism to protect the wild.

Open book (pdf)

For more information about us visit Tompkins Conservation.