Toucans of Yungas. Restoring forests and key species, Argentina
The University of San Pablo Tucumán, of the Foundation for Development, has a 2,000-hectare reserve in the Yungas Forest, in the province of Tucumán, in north-western Argentina. The reserve is an important destination for tourists who hike and bird watch. The Reserve is currently developing an ecological restoration project, focused on recovering the Toucan population, which was considered extinct in the province, until its reappearance in 2010, near the San Pablo Reserve, and controlling evergreen populations of Chinese privet, a tree species from China, which has established as an invasive species in part of the reserve. Through this project, the university will clear 300ha of invasive Chinese privet, carry out enrichment planting with 10,000 native seedlings, maintain and construct new walks circuits, train guides, organize hiking events and work with 30 schools to deliver an educational campaign, as well as release around 10 pairs a year of toucans rescued from wildlife trafficking into the forest.