Wildlife Resources – Casa Palmea

Patagonia, the southernmost region of Argentina, is embraced by the majestic Andes Mountains and breathtaking landscapes of rolling hills and plains. It is one of the world’s largest nature reserves with some of the rarest plants and trees in the world. It is home to some of the most unique animals and birds, which make an ideal setting for either relaxing or adventurous getaways.

These picturesque scenes aren’t far at all. Take a drive around the region, a stroll around the area or simply look out your window. Enjoy a glass of wine as the sun begins to set or rise, and take in the view of all that Patagonia has to offer.

FLORA

Broom

The bush with highlight flowers is called Ratamens. It is not a native plant species of South America, but rather a highly invasive species introduced by European settlers.

Monkey Pod Tree

The tree is a Araucaria (Araucaria araucana) also called a Monkey pod tree. It is considered one of the rarest trees in the world. It grows naturally only in very small a region; side slopes of thevolcanoes just north of San Martin de Los Andes.

Trees of Bambi

Trees of Bambi are Arrayan trees (Luma apiculata). They occur naturally only in very small areas of Patagonia and are one of the very rarest trees on earth. Disney animators on vacation found these amazing slow growing trees inspirational when they created the movie “Bambi.”

Notro

The large bush or small tree with the vibrant red flowers is the Notro (Embothrium Coccineum).The Notro is also a rare plant spices that is unique to Patagonia.

FAUNA

Bandurria

The bird with the curved beak is the Buff-Necked Ibis (Theristicus caudatus) known in Argentina as the Bandurria.

Tero-Teros

The Southern Lapwing (Vanellus Chilensis) Tero Comunare are called “Tero-Teros” in Argentina, because of the raucous call they make when you approach them too closely, and will dive bomb in response. They typically lay their eggs directly on grass (with no nest).The chicks hatch fast and get up and fly fast too.

Patagonian Falcon

The Falcon is the Crested Caracara (Polyborus plancus) known as a Carancho in Argentina. This bird is abundant in the Arelauquen region.

Above provided by Paul Schutt, resident of Arelauquen.

NATIONAL PARKS

Nahuel Huapi National Park

Los Arrayanes National Park