Projects

Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey ConservationReserves & Protected Areas
Wildlife Rescue & ReleasesConservation Network
Landscape Level ConservationReforestation In The Tropical Andes, Peru
Ronda Run Conservation AreasDenuncia Fauna


WILDLIFE RESCUE AND RELEASES

The battle against illegal wildlife trafficking has become one of our main activities. Wildlife trafficking is one of the major causes of species loss. Wild animals are routinely hunted for meat, skins, as trophies, or for the pet trade. Throughout South and Central America there are large areas of forest almost empty of wildlife due to overhunting. Large-bodied primates, such as woolly monkeys and spider monkeys, are often the first species to disappear as there large size and conspicuous nature makes them particularly attractive to hunters.

As one of our main priorities, and as part of NPC´s holistic approach to conservation, we target the illegal trade in wildlife. To this end, we work closely with regional and national wildlife authorities, police, public prosecutors and grassroots organizations in Peru. We also commit a lot of time and resources to educating local communities about the pressures faced by wildlife from hunting, the dangers of keeping wild animals as pets, and the illegalities of trafficking wildlife.  Above all, our work with communities focuses on the benefits of maintaining healthy forests, which is dependent on the presence of wildlife.

Over the past nine years we have organized and participated in the confiscation, rescue, transport to rescue centres and/or release of more than 3,900 wild animals. Animals arriving at our project after being in the trade suffer from a variety of physical and emotional problems related to the terrible conditions they were subjected to. We provide veterinary and general care to hundreds of animals a year. Some stay with us for a few months until they are strong enough to be transported to a rescue centre.  We try to send each individual to the most suitable centre possible to ensure that their future is as promising as can be.

Generally, we believe that animal welfare and conservation need to be treated together and are not mutually exclusive. By working for the rescue and long-term care of trafficked species we aim to minimize the effects of the illegal trade on endangered species, and by conserving forests we hope to provide a safe haven for animals where their capture and related suffering is prevented.

If you are travelling or thinking about it then please read the how to “Get Involved” section of this website which contains information on what you can to help stop wildlife trafficking and the potential impact your actions can have while abroad.