Over two days, we spent many hours driving and hiking in search of the shy pudu, the second smallest deer in the world. It’s not yet an endangered species, but its population is on the decline, and it likely will be endangered due to overhunting and loss of habitat. The pudu of Chiloe are unique, genetically different and isolated from other pudu populations in Chile and Argentina, and so they are especially rare in the pudu world.
In our search, we struck out on day one at Parque Tantauco. We drove hours on paved roads and rough gravel roads to reach this extremely remote park on the south of Chiloe. Though we didn’t see a pudu and had lots of rain, it was a beautiful and pristine place.