Just an hour’s drive from one of South America’s most populous cities, a sprawling wetland of bright green marshes and dark lagoons stretches far into the horizon.

In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, park rangers Agustin Mezzabotta, right, and Gonzalo Alves walk at
In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, park rangers Agustin Mezzabotta, right, and Gonzalo Alves walk at “Ciervo de los Pantanos” National Park near Buenos Aires, Argentina. The until-now little-known area, home to a wide range of birds, fish and other wildlife, has become Argentina’s newest national park in a victory for nature preservation at a time when the country is facing an economic crisis and governments worldwide are cutting back funding for parks and environmental programs. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, a member of National park service sits on a wooden walk way at
In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, a member of National park service sits on a wooden walk way at “Ciervo de los Pantanos” National Park park near Buenos Aires, Argentina. Conservationists say creation of the Ciervo de los Pantanos park out of two nature preserves will increase resources to protect the more than 20 square miles from real estate development and other threats while creating an open-air classroom for students in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, yellow flowers grow at the
In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, yellow flowers grow at the “Ciervo de los Pantanos” National Park near Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lawmakers in Argentina have designated “Ciervo de los Pantanos” as Argentina’s newest national park. Just an hour’s drive from one of South America’s most populous cities, a sprawling wetland of bright green marshes and dark lagoons stretches far into the horizon. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

The until-now little-known area, home to a wide range of birds, fish and other wildlife, has become Argentina’s newest national park in a victory for nature preservation at a time when the country is facing an economic crisis and governments worldwide are cutting back funding for parks and environmental programs.

In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, a wooden walk way thrusts into the swamp at the
In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, a wooden walk way thrusts into the swamp at the “Ciervo de los Pantanos” National Park near Buenos Aires, Argentina. At about 40 miles from Buenos Aires, it’s the closest national park to the Argentine capital. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, a wooden walk way stands at the
In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, a wooden walk way stands at the “Ciervo de los Pantanos” National Park near Buenos Aires, Argentina. The park is named for the marsh deer, a vulnerable species found in a few other parts of South America that is known for its webbed hooves that allow it to cross swamps smoothly where other animals would easily sink. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, aquatic plants are seen throw a wooden plank of a walk way at
In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, aquatic plants are seen throw a wooden plank of a walk way at “Ciervo de los Pantanos” National Park near Buenos Aires, Argentina. Visitors might not be blown away by monumental glaciers, waterfalls or even the large animals of other Argentine parks. But the wetlands are ideal for birdwatchers and visitors can catch glimpses of animals such as wildcats and foxes. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Conservationists say creation of the Ciervo de los Pantanos (Marsh Deer) National Park out of two nature preserves will increase resources to protect the more than 5,500 hectares (20 square miles) from real estate development and other threats while creating an open-air classroom for students in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area.

Source: The Associated Press

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