Earth Report’s Latin America Season concludes this week, travelling south to the Gran Chaco region which stretches from the Andean foothills through Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. This isolated region is a wilderness of 650,000 square kilometres – a vast alluvial plain which is the second largest eco-system in Latin America after the Amazon. But despite the Gran Chaco’s isolation, many of its species are under increasing pressure. The Teyu Lizard exploited for use as shoes, belts and bags, and the indigenous talking Parrots. The Chaco Pecari – a species of wild pig thought to be extinct – has been re-discovered and now bred in captivity. But scientists wonder if they can be returned to the wild now much of their natural habitat is gone.
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