Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, located in Tierra del Fuego, is known as “The End of the World.” It is a unique destination with a diverse range of activities, including the opportunity to observe beavers in their natural habitat. These beavers were originally brought to Ushuaia in 1946 for their fur, but the industry never took off due to the harsh cold weather affecting their fur quality. As a result, the beavers adapted to their new environment and multiplied rapidly, becoming a problem for the local ecosystem due to deforestation.
Despite this, visitors to Tierra del Fuego National Park can observe the beavers’ nests made of tree trunks, a testament to their remarkable ability to shape their environment. Observation tours are offered by travel agencies only at night, as these animals are nocturnal.
The beavers in Ushuaia are a unique sight to see, measuring around 150cm long and weighing between 20-30kg. These creatures originally came from Europe, Siberia, and North America, making them a fascinating blend of different cultures and environments. As they have no natural predators in Ushuaia, their population continues to grow unchecked, highlighting the need for responsible tourism and conservation efforts.
Observing these fascinating animals in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and a perfect addition to any trip to Ushuaia. So, pack your bags and head to the end of the world to witness these remarkable creatures firsthand!