The Fauna of the Iberá Wetlands

The Fauna of the Iberá Wetlands

The Iberá Wetlands is a diverse habitat that supports the world’s biological diversity and makes a significant contribution to the region. Countless colors, landscapes and more than 5,000 fauna species turn Corrientes province into an attractive destination. 

Until not long ago, wildlife was only considered a resource for hunting and trading, and this led many species to become endangered or decimated. 

The Iberá Nature Reserve has enabled protecting and reintroducing the fauna, which has gradually recovered and regained a key place in the ecosystem of the region. The reserve is a sanctuary for wildlife, offering tourists the opportunity to appreciate the fauna and learn about its significance. 

Home to Wildlife

The Iberá Wetlands have a unique location in Argentina that serves as a meeting point for different ecosystems of neighboring regions, providing shelter for the wildlife that inhabits the place.

  • Fish of the Iberá Wetlands

In the waters of Iberá live about 125 species of fish. The water ecosystem provides shelter and breeding for some commercial species of the Paraná River. 

The best known in the region include the dorado, pacú, surubí (icon of Corrientes cuisine), boga and sábalo.

  • Amphibians of the Iberá Wetlands

Forty species inhabit the estuaries and reign supreme, including the cururú toad, the tree frog and the climbing frog. A wide variety of birds and reptiles feed on them.

  • Birds of the Iberá Wetlands

At least 344 bird species cross the skies in the Iberá region. Several species are commonly found in the inner marshlands.

The most outstanding are the chajá, the red stork, the white stork, the whistling heron and the lapwing, among many others.

  • Reptiles of the Iberá Wetlands

Some 60 species of reptiles populate in the Iberá swamps, including the largest and most abundant predators in the region: black caiman and broad-snouted caiman. Since these species have been threatened, the Iberá National Park and the residents have worked on their rewilding, reproduction and protection. 

  • Mammals of the Iberá Wetlands

The wetlands are home to large populations of mammals of varying sizes, the most conspicuous being:

  • capybara
  • aguará-guazú or maned wolf
  • river otter
  • marsh deer

These species are known as the most captivating in the region.

The Fauna and Puerto Valle

Our lodge Puerto Valle Hotel de Esteros is the perfect spot for learning about the local fauna and the story behind each species. 

Come and enjoy a one-of-a-kind stay surrounded by nature in the heart of the Iberá Wetlands. 

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