Argentina creates new national park with public donations
Share this on

Argentina creates new national park with public donations

Argentines have a new national park that is home to endangered species like jaguars and crowned solitary eagles, thanks to donations from the public to cover the initial cost.

Congress this week passed legislation creating the Impenetrable National Park on 120,000 hectares (nearly 300,000 acres) in northeastern Argentina that belonged to a rancher who was murdered in 2011.

Thousands of individual Argentines as well as civic groups and companies donated 10.5 million pesos ($1.2 million) for the park. The total cost will be 65 million pesos ($7.6 million).

It is Argentina’s 32nd national park, and the foundation that led the fundraising effort says it’s the first in Latin America started this way.

Associated Press