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National Animal

The Rufus Hornero

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unweakened.”

Anatole France

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Elephant seals, fur seals, penguins, sea lions (Patagonia). The waters off the Atlantic are home to sharks, orcas, dolphins, and salmon.


Parrots and flamingos.

Land mammals:

Capybara (rodent),armadillos, deer.

Snakes and insects:

Bothrops, scorpions.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Stray dogs in downtown Buenos Aires are scarce, but are much more common in poorer areas of Buenos Aires. Dogs being tied up in chains. Greyhound and horse racing. Trucks carrying cows to the slaughterhouse.

In the

Saddled horses for riding or tied to carts.

Hunting or poaching:

Hunting is allowed in Argentina, Animals commonly hunted are hares, partridges, pigeons, deer, wild goats, boars and pumas.

Animal fights:


Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

Red Mascotera Adopciones Buenos Aires Animals’ Paradise

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:

Sanctuario Equidad

We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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