Animal Rescue, Welfare and Rehabilitation

Helping to improve the lives of wild animals that have been saved from animal traffickers or injured by vehicles and domestic pets, and setting them on the path to recovery and eventual reintroduction back into the wild

Volunteer and interns with hammer and nails in hand, mending an animal enclosure near Puerto Maldonado (Photo: David Johnston)
Volunteer and interns with hammer and nails in hand, mending an animal enclosure near Puerto Maldonado (Photo: David Johnston)
Volunteer and interns with hammer and nails in hand, mending an animal enclosure near Puerto Maldonado (Photo: David Johnston)

With the opening of the Interoceanic Highway a few years ago and an increasing network of secondary roads that lead off this, affording easier access to the forest, along with the general growth in the human population in SE Peru, has resulted in a growing number of wild animals being trafficked out of the region to fuel the national and international trade in exotic pets. Greater enforcement by the authorities, including the confiscation of animals from people's homes in Puerto Maldonado, deemed to have been mistreated, has generated an increase in the number of animals needing a temporary home and rehabilitating.  

We have teamed up with two other non-profits (Serpentario Tropifauna and Asociacion para la Conservacion de la Fauna Silvestre - ACOFAS) in order to help deal with the growing influx of confiscated wild animals needing immediate help. Together, our objectives are to improve the facilities and processes at animal rescue centers in Puerto Maldonado to allow safe and humane care to be given to wild animals brought to these centers; to rehabilitate the animals; to reintroduce those animals that are fit enough to be sent back into the wild (and to find permanent homes for those that cannot); and to educate local people regarding the plight of these wild animals and to discourage people from purchasing wild animals.

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