Our first newsletter of 2021 is out now!
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We have been helping another victim of the illegal wildlife trade.
This baby ocelot was rescued by the wildlife authorities in Moyobamba, Peru, and has been recovering under veterinary care. Today he will arrive at his new home, the RAREC rescue centre in Iquitos.
Please do not buy wildlife (you are not rescuing the animal if you do, you are just encouraging further trade) and please do not frequent attractions that use wildlife illegally!
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Last week we visited the community of La Esperanza and the forests where we carry out the bulk of our research. This was the first time we have been able to visit since the national lock down began in March. We were very happy to see that no new deforestation has occurred in the area.
At the end of last week we were called to help with the rescue of an adult male black spider monkey (Ateles Chamek), an Endangered species that was being kept in a small cage in Tocache in Southern San Martin, Peru.
Once the operation started the authorities also found another baby black spider monkey and a Critically Endangered yellow tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda)! These last two were being kept together in a hanging bird cage.
None of the animals had any enrichment and the cages were far too small. Thanks to the quick work of the San Martin regional environmental authority and our long time collaborator Gabriel Garcia, who was working nearby at the time, the three animals were rescued and have all now been sent to rescue centres.
As these are all endangered species the punishment under Peruvian law is more severe and we hope that the wildlife authorities will use this power to properly prosecute the criminals involved.
Many thanks to IPPL and our private donors for continuing to fund our rescue and anti-trafficking work, without this support we wouldn’t be able to help animals like these.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has affected our work in the field, we have had several recent publications in scientific journals. We have our publications available to view at any time, so feel free to have a rummage!
Thanks to a generous donation from one of our supporters, we have been able to send much needed economic help to the local conservation association who are protecting the Gran Simacache Conservation Concession in San Martin, Peru. For 2 months Peru has been in lock down and the association members haven’t been able to get to their fields or open their businesses. Thankfully we have now been able to help them buy essential foods and other goods to keep them going until the current crisis ends.
Please feel free to use these infographics about Covid-19. And remember to keep your 36 pygmy marmoset distance from other people!