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Adventure Racing: Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race to support endangered species

November 17, 2010

The Wenger Patagonia Expedition Race, recognised as the world’s toughest and wildest race, will be entering its ninth year in 2011 and will take participants further north than ever as it reaches parts of Northern Chile that have never been explored before.

CRW_8136_JFRThe route is usually kept under wraps until 24 hours before the start of the race but organiser, Stjepan Pavicic, has revealed that next year’s race will be the first to incorporate the world’s largest continental ice field.

The event is run to promote sustainable tourism and help protect the wilderness region of Chilean Pataginia.  This dedication to the environment is a crucial part of the Wenger Pataginian Expedition. In 2010 the route incorporated the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Karukinka reserve. The race continues to support the society as well as adhering to the Leave No Trace principals and hopes that the exposure will help to highlight the importance of appreciating and protecting the environment.

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C0902pb00902011’s race will be supporting the Heumuls Project, run by the Insitute of Zoology at the University Austral of Chile.  Heumuls are members of the deer family that are now considered critically endangered due to human causes such as forest fires, competition and disease from domestic livestock, poaching and the development of unsustainable tourist and industrial infrastructure.

The existence of Huemul has been confirmed after sighting from competitors in remote regions during previous races and this year the event will be raising funds to support the project.  The aim is to determine the population, estimate their conservation status and finally connect with other research from around the county to develop a conservation management plan for their protection within the whole of Chile.  To donate to the project, visit www.patagonianexpeditionrace.com/donate

More info: www.patagonianexpeditionrace.com

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