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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We are once again a wetland

Reserva Don Luis again a wetland

We have been fortunate to have a decent amount of rain during the past few weeks and once again - we are a wetland.

Thank you so much for your kind donations, comments and actual help in fighting the fires. There has been a lot of destruction and loss of our fauna, but they will return!

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Plains Vizcacha, Vizcacha (Lagostomus maximus)

Plains Vizcacha, Vizcacha

Lagostomus maximus

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The Plains Vizcacha is a rodent that looks a little like a large rabbit with a striped head.  It is a member of the Chinchillidae family and lives in the dryer areas of Íbera constructing  burrows and tunnels in a similar manner to that of the rabbit.  They can weigh up to 9kg and have a body length of appx. 50cm with a tail appx. 20cm.

They are nocturnal although they can be seen late afternoons and their vocal alarm calls can be easily heard.

We do not have these mammals at Reserva Don Luis probably due to the fact that we can be seasonally flooded.