Patagonia’s most elusive animals

The Valdivian temperate rainforest in southern Chile is home to this peculiar predator: the kodkod. Now threatened with extinction, the wild cat is so elusive, some call it the ghost of the forest.

Christiaan Muñoz Salas

Updated 8:15 AM ET, Wed July 6, 2022

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The Valdivian temperate rainforest in southern Chile is home to this peculiar predator: the kodkod. Now threatened with extinction, the wild cat is so elusive, some call it the ghost of the forest.

Christiaan Muñoz Salas

Patagonia is a land of extremes, home to spectacular and reclusive wildlife that has what it takes to survive in one of the world’s last great wildernesses.

The new Original Series “Patagonia: Life on the Edge of World,” which premieres at 9 p.m. ET on July 10, captures the compelling stories of the animals and plants that live on the pristine southern tip of South America.

Rare cold-water corals in the fjord lands, pocket-size predators in the region’s magical ancient forests, dancing birds on the volcanic plateaus of the wild highlands and resourceful orca on the desert coast — these are a few of the elusive creatures featured in the nature series, some of which haven’t been filmed before.

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