Awasi has expanded its private reserve from 600 to 4,500 hectares
(1,400 to 11,000 acres), renting a sheep farming estancia and
transforming it into a private reserve that will serve to protect the
puma population in and around Torres del Paine National Park.
We are working with scientists and researchers to gather information
about behavioural patterns of these species.
No protection outside the park
Although the guanaco and puma populations
are spread across large areas inside Torres del
Paine National Park, these animals frequently
stray outside the park boundaries in search of
new territories and food...
...Pumas are not protected outside the national park, and for
years these big cats have been pursued by sheep farmers.
Bounty payouts for a puma skin have brought about sharp
declines in the population, threatening this legendary
species with extinction.
Arq. Felipe Assadi
Creating a protected biological corridor
The private reserve in which Awasi Patagonia is located borders the famous Torres del Paine National Park. Due to its proximity, our lodge forms part of a corridor of activity for native fauna, with pumas, guanacos, foxes and multiple species of birds roaming through our reserve.
As such, we saw the opportunity to launch a conservation project, The Awasi Puma Foundation, whose aim is to restore the natural ecosystem by means of creating a protected area spanning 4,500 hectares (11,000 acres).
The purpose of this protected area is to limit the amount of land dedicated to sheep farming, allowing the grasslands and shrubs to regrow after years of over-grazing, and leaving the area uninhabited and open for the return of its rightful inhabitants: guanacos, pumas, condors and many other species.