The Voices of Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities

WCS Conservation Hero: Rodrigo Munzenmayer/Chile

Rodrigo Munzenmayer in Chile’s Karukinka Natural Park in Tierra del Fuego.

“I started watching, seeing the details [and] behaviors,” says Rodrigo. “It was really a mindblower, these two people.”

Carlos and Daniela patiently taught Rodrigo how to go slow and observe this wholly-new place and its wildlife. “I started watching, seeing the details [and] behaviors,” says Rodrigo.
Visiting Karukinka, Rodrigo was reminded of his grandfather’s house in the countryside of Chiloé.

“I think people have forgotten that home is our whole planet, and whatever you do in your own space, in your house and your town, it affects the whole house that we all share.”

Rodrigo has worked as a park ranger for nearly 11 years and now manages Karukinka’s research and public use.

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