Visit The Amazon Rescue Centers
The most magical thing about the jungle is to appreciate animals in their natural habitat. Many are also in Peruvian Amazon Rescue Centers, where they are taken care of and try to reincorporate them into nature. To visit, know and support!
The Manatíes in Iquitos
The Peruvian Amazon Rescue Centers on the outskirts of the city was created as a project for young professionals in the area, to reinsert orphaned or captured manatees into their natural habitat to be pets. It has the support of Dallas World Aquarium, the Regional Directorate of Production Loreto, the Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon and Acobia-DWAzoo.
These tender aquatic mammals were very hunted and were in danger of extinction in Loreto. The Amazonian manatee is considered an endangered species in the Amazon Peru. Its main threats are poaching and degradation of its habitat. Although there are international and national standards that protect it, this problem still continues, because in many Amazonian peoples its meat is still consumed. The problem is further complicated by illegal trade in offspring, which are sold as pets destined for aquaculturists or tourist lodges in Iquitos, where the percentage of mortality is high.
Since 2007, several have been saved, and after a long rehabilitation program, they have managed to return a total of 15 specimens that are monitored to their environment. When you go to visit one of the Peruvian Amazon Rescue Centers the most tender is that you can see the little ones take their milk bottle or feed them their favorite leaves. The center was a success and today it extended its mission: they also receive taricaya turtles, anteaters, sloth bears, monkeys, parakeets … You can visit them all and love them, but the most important thing is that you pass the word so that hunting decreases .
How to get?
The Peruvian Amazon Rescue Center Iquitos is located at Km 4.5 of the highway – Iquitos Nauta, southwest of the city of Iquitos. From the Plaza de Armas (corner of Jr. Putumayo with Jr. Arica), you must take a bus service (urban bus), paying S / .1.00 (less than US $ 1). You can also arrive by motorcycle taxi, the average ticket is S /. 10.00 (US $ 3). The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes.
- Monday: 12:00 p.m. at 3:00 p.m.
- Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. at 3:00 p.m.
- Local and National Tourists: Adults: S / .10, Children over 12 years old: S / .5, Students: S / .5.
- International Tourists: Adults: S / .20 (US $ 6), Children over 12 years old: S / .5 (US $ 1.5), Students: S / .5 (US $ 1.5).
The howler monkeys in Puerto Maldonado
They are the conceited and protected of Magali Salinas, a Lima woman who left everything to create the Amazon Shelter, a refuge for rescued animals that live here a quieter life outdoors or have a chance to be reintroduced to the jungle. The main idea is to rehabilitate wild animals that have been rescued from the mafias of illegal wildlife trafficking and to find a better life for them. Some may be reinserted into the jungle, others will have to continue their lives in this center because their domestication is incompatible with wildlife. This is the third largest illegal activity in the world and Peru, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, is not unaware of this. For each animal in captivity, it is estimated that another ten have died.
The howlers, these monkeys with hoarse and strong cries, are part of a reintroduction project. Now they have isolated cages as a pre-release phase. The Amazon Shelter receives many more animals: turtles, affectionate parrots, toucans, other monkeys such as nocturnal, deer, huangana (from the family of the sajinos). It started in 2007 and with great effort it has achieved its goals: when we visited them, they had 45 animals in their care. It is a nice project that you should know and support for the love that each one of the animals receives there. They accept volunteers for long stays who are a key part of the NGO’s resources, since they help to maintain the center and prepare the numerous diets.
How to get?
It is at kilometer 11.2 of the Low Isuyama Tourist Corridor facing the Tambopata River and access is very easy. It is 40 minutes by car from the city of Puerto Maldonado.
Includes lodging and meals (3), cost per day:
- National students / interns / thesis students: S / 95
- Foreign students: S / 120
- National volunteer: S / 200
- Foreign volunteer: S / 250
- Transfer from the airport to the CRCAS (round trip): S / 60 for 1 person, S / 50 for 2 or more people.
The Urku Center in Tarapoto
The story is always the same: hunted animals that leave orphaned youngsters or small ones captured to be pets without knowing what to do with them … For their upbringing, you have to have adequate places with wide spaces, a specific diet and in some cases a program of reintroduction. In Tarapoto, Urku is the closest center to the city. It is not specialized in a single species, but since 2004 receives several. Today they have a tapir, deer, añujes or majas (of the family of rodents), parrots and parrots, several types of monkeys, frogs, taricayas.
In total there are 62 animals that have found refuge here. They also work environmental education with local people and scientific research.
The work of this multidisciplinary team includes the rescue, rehabilitation and reinsertion of wildlife. In addition, the year we receive 12,000 visitors who enjoy environmental education services, exhibition of local flora and fauna, and experiential tourism. The services provided partially fund the various focus programs.
How to get?
The Urku Center is located only 3 km from the city of Tarapoto, within 7 hectares of forest on the banks of the Shilcayo creek, by the entrance to the Regional Conservation Area “Cordillera Escalera”.
You can go by motorcycle taxi. Alert Prolongation, passing the Cordillera Escalera Lodge.
Entry 5 Suns.
From Monday to Sunday, from 8am to 5.30pm, 042 787563.