Strange Tails

Strange Tails

We're delighted to have a strong population of strange-tailed tyrants at the reserve. So much so that we've adopted these beautiful and endangered birds as the symbol of the Trust

The growing diversity of the animals of Reserva Don Luis is a fresh source of delight every time we return.  We don't play favourites, but it's impossible not to engage more with some of our more conspicuous guests.  One of these is the strange-tailed tyrant.  The male is stoic in his tolerance of one of nature's strangest - and it would seem least practical - adaptations.  He's willing to suffer to be beautiful, and somehow manages to fly with tail feathers that were surely designed for a bird three times his size.

We love his perseverance; his resolution to succeed against challenge, and his ability to prove that anything is possible.  He's appearing in growing numbers on the Reserva Do Luis, and his success has become an allegory for, and a symbol of, our own.

When we started the process of updating and redesigning our website, we wanted to adopt an image that symbolised our aims and our challenges.  This brave little flycatcher, with his indomitable character, was the perfect choice.

The logo is a stylised profile of a male tyrant, silhouetted against the sunrise.  We coloured the sun the blue of the Argentinian flag in honour of this country's beauty, its climate and the breathtaking span of magnificent animals that it nurtures.

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Leo volunteer with bat

Help Needed

We need your help to provide a safe, sustainable environment for these irreplaceable and seriously threatened animals. Your donations - however small - are very welcome indeed, and if you can volunteer useful skills then we'd love to hear from you!

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Reptiles of Reserva Don Luis

Our reptile population is a fascinating mix of Cayman, lizards and snakes.  Lizards and snakes tend to be shy and secretive, so one great excitement of the Reserve has been the frequency with which we're privileged to see them. The caymans are a regular sight, basking on the banks or cruising, semi-submerged, along the waterways.

The Spectacled Cayman is relatively common in the south of the reserve, and we were delighted to see the Broad-snouted Caymen in January 2012, also in the south. 

In December 2015 we were fortunate to have a couple of neighbours, Nestor and Olga, visit us and do a short survey on our amphibians.  We are totally a wetland at the moments thanks to El Nino effects so it is an excellent time to look for these creatures that make a lot of noise, especially at night.  Click here to see the list.

We will be adding the amphibians of Reserva Don Luis to our list in the near future.

Broad-Snouted Caiman

Broad-Snouted Caiman

Caiman latirostris

Brown Snake

Brown Snake

Paraphimophis rustica

Burrowing Snake

Burrowing Snake

Typhlops brongersmianus

Darwin's Ringed Worm Lizard

Darwin's Ringed Worm Lizard

Amphisbaena darwini

False Water Cobra

False Water Cobra

Hydrodynastes gigas

Jaegar's Ground Snake

Jaegar's Ground Snake

Liophis jaegeri coraliventris

Keeled Sepia Snake

Keeled Sepia Snake

Thamnodynastes hypocomia

Lake Turtle

Lake Turtle

Prynops hilarii

Leopard Keelback

Leopard Keelback

Helicops leopardinus

Lichtenstein's Green Racer

Lichtenstein's Green Racer

Philodryas olfersii

Lined Skink

Lined Skink

Mabuya dorsivittata

Parrot Snake

Parrot Snake

Leptophis ahaetulla marginatus

Spectacled Caiman

Spectacled Caiman

Caiman yacare

Urutu Pitviper

Urutu Pitviper

Bothyrops alternatus

Yellow Anaconda

Yellow Anaconda

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