What is the Protected Area El Doradillo all about?
The aim of creating a protected natural area at El Doradillo is to achieve the preservation of a truly magical place in time, not only for us here and now, but for future generations. It is necessary to create these vast stretches of preserved areas to restrict the fierce depredation we human beings are inflicting on unprotected areas.
During the Whale Watching Season, we are continually visited by the local media, as well as by provincial and national media, where we have the great responsibility of spreading the news on this wonderful place in the most serious way. We are the ‘visible face’ from El Doradillo.
She coordinates a team of local park rangers, who are in charge of carrying out field tasks, mainly controlling and supervising, educating on environmental basics, and informing visitors during the whole year.
This year, we are delighted to celebrate the 10 years of this program of environmental education with a photo contest. This sustained program is carried out by the Municipality of Puerto Madryn, and it is participative, as it includes voluntary students from high-school 728, who take part in recreational activities for children on the beach and are the tourist guides in charge of providing information during bus trips towards El Doradillo, and afterwards, of creating experiences with children for them to enjoy the wonderful behavior of whales in full reproductive period, and the environment in general. Each and every opportunity is taken.
‘Getting to know the place helps to preserve it as it is. We promote the place for the general public, as well as for the local community, so that they can own El Doradillo and take it dear to their heart, and decide to preserve it themselves.’
Some time ago, I worked with a team of Patagonic referents, specialists in managing protected areas regarding ISO Standards for public use in protected areas.
María reminds us that the Puerto Madryn Secretary of Tourism is launching the photo contest to celebrate 10 years of ‘Madryn Children Welcome Whales’ in which all children who attended the educational program since 2004 to 2013 can take part. The rules are simple, and available at ANP El Doradillo Facebook page.