About us

Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park | Photo: Antonio Vizcaíno

Rewilding Chile, formerly known as Tompkins Conservation Chile, is a nonprofit foundation that carries on the legacy of Douglas and Kristine Tompkins. In the early 1990s, Doug and Kris decided to dedicate their lives to conserving the beauty and biodiversity of the Chilean Patagonia, with the goal of countering both climate change and the species extinction crisis.

Three decades later, Rewilding Chile continues working toward this vision. We believe that without complex, healthy ecosystems––and all their species, relationships, and intricate processes––there’s little chance that either the human or non-human world can flourish.

To effectively confront the largest loss of biodiversity in history resulting from human actions, we must make a massive shift and return both land and water back to the wildlife that calls these spaces home. We must also acknowledge that all life forms deserve our respect.

Our future, and the future of millions of other species, depends on the actions we take today. It’s time to reconnect with nature, protect and restore wild spaces, and foster harmonic models of development that promote healthy, vibrant, and beautiful environments for all of earth’s living communities.

Mission and Vision

Foto: Antonio Vizcaíno

Vision

A healthy planet with complete ecosystems where all life forms thrive and communities develop in harmony with nature.

Mission

To encourage Rewilding as a holistic conservation strategy in the Route of Parks of Patagonia in order to counter the species extinction crisis and the climate crisis, by creating National Parks and marine parks, restoring ecosystems, and strengthening local communities’ connection with nature.

Values

Eco-centric values are the foundation of all our conservation work.

Beauty is a value

Beauty is an expression of vitality, and it has the power to sustain and enhance our lives. Beauty calls us to protect and restore the natural systems we all depend on. The desire to witness beauty is an intrinsic impulse linked to our desire to foster a quality life for the generations to come.

Every life form has value

The wellbeing and prosperity of human and non-human life on Earth has value in and of itself, independent of any utility for human purposes. Humans aren’t Earth’s rulers––we’re simply one piece of a larger community of life.

Reestablishing peace between the human and non-human worlds is essential

There’s no hope for reversing the eco-social crisis unless we abandon humanism and adopt an eco-centric vision of the world. It’s unethical for humans to cause the extinction of other species. This new peace treaty between human and non-human life means that humans must promote an environment of respect, trust, and collaboration between different life communities.

Humanity’s destiny is linked to the health of the planet

We believe in the delicate connection between the planet and humanity, the intricate web of life, and the concept of one health.

The time to act is NOW

The current human impact in the non-human world is already excessive, and the situation continues to worsen. Our impact in the biosphere must be reduced drastically. Anyone who understands this is morally obligated to participate––directly or indirectly––in the effort to make these much-needed changes.

Milestones

2021

Tompkins Conservation Chile changes its name to Rewilding Chile

Twenty-six ñandúes (14 in April and 12 in May) are released into the wild from Patagonia National Park’s rhea breeding center.

The digital book El Amarillo: Rebirth of a Town, which tells the story of this area’s beautification project, is published.

2020

The book Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park is published.

Fourteen ñandúes are released into the wild from the rhea breeding center in Patagonia National Park.

Alliance with the National Cultural Heritage Service is formalized, allowing for the donation of more than one thousand books to Chile’s network of public libraries.

2019

Tompkins Conservation Chile acquires three farms in the Las Horquetas sector near Cerro Castillo National Park, converting them into areas for protecting the huemul and for public use.

The Lucas Bridges Museum House opens in Patagonia National Park, honoring the contributions of the area’s first settlers.

The renewable energy system (hydraulic and solar) is inaugurated in Patagonia National Park, becoming the most advanced system of its kind in a national park in Chile.

The Route of Parks of Patagonia Committee is created and includes the Tourism Service of the Los Lagos, Aysén, and Magallanes regions, along with Tompkins Conservation Chile.

Founders





Kristine and
Douglas Tompkins

The US conservationists Kristine Tompkins and Douglas Tompkins (1943–2015) achieved an unprecedented philanthropic triumph. After just over a quarter century of working toward the creation of National Parks and the recuperation of wildlife and natural habitats, Kristine and Douglas helped protect more than 14 million acres of land in Chile and Argentina, in collaboration with both country’s governments and with other philanthropists.

Team

Carolina Morgado

Carolina Morgado

Executive Director

Ingrid Espinoza

Conservation Director

Cristián Saucedo

Wildlife Director

Óscar Mahuzier

Finance Director

Marcela Quiroz

Strategy and Partnerships Director

Pía Moya

Communications Director

Carolina Cerda

Carolina Cerda

Community Outreach Director

Board

Carolina Morgado

President

Macarena Soler

Director

Kristine Tompkins

Secretary

Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez

Vice President

Ingrid Espinoza

Secretary and Treasurer

Partnerships

Our teamwork with organizations from around the world has been crucial for both the development and impact of our projects.