For wildlife and science the Estancia Rincón Chico is one of the most iconic properties of Valdés, for this reason we manage the place through our foundation, Conservación Península Valdés (CPV), a non-profit organization specialized in steppe and wildlife conservation projects.
We have a vast history in conservation work and for more than 20 years many important scientific projects have been carried out working together with well known international organizations like National Geographic, BBC, WCS, the National Research Council of Argentina, etc with both marine and terrestrial species as well as in archeology and paleontology.
Our beaches are a natural laboratory for studying -among other species- the southern elephant seals and their behavior. Dr. Claudio Campagna, the leading biologist and researcher of pinnipeds in Argentina, conducted a 21 year long research project on the shores of Rincon Chico. The information he gathered through his hard work has provided valuable insight into the secret lives of the seals that live solitary in deep ocean waters, and would otherwise be a mystery. His publications continue to educate people worldwide, and promote the conservation of the seals and the protection of the aquatic environment in which they live.
“… the fascinating wildlife spectacles of this coastline motivated a long-term conservation and research project on the biology of the southern elephant seals throughout the annual cycle, supported by the National Research Council of Argentina and the Wildlife Conservation Society…”
Dr. Claudio Campagna / Dra. Mirtha Lewis
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT).
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET).