Sanctuary in the Wild

Macaw - ecology - reintroduction - tourism - money

On the border of humans and untouched wilderness, all kinds of beings get hurt. Many people that live in the rainforest get exotic animals as pets: peccary, tapir’s, capybara, snakes, lizards, monkeys and all kinds of birds – like this little green guy. They do not always know how to take care of them, and when things don’t work out, the poor animals get left in the wild again to their own devices. A place where they have not lived for a long time – some even never lived in as they were born in captivity.

Luckily for those animals there are a couple of local organizations that give shelter and care to these wonderful animals that do not know how to survive in the wild anymore. The most beautiful part of all this is that the animals don’t live in enclosures or cages. They are all free to come and go as they want, and most tend to stick around, as it resembles a world that they are comfortable in.

Tourist stop by, and get to interact on a very close level with many of the animals they only see from afar, without disturbing actual wildlife too much and funding the maintenance of the sanctuary at the same time. This is probably one of the better forms of eco-tourism I have witnessed in the Peruvian Amazon. These animals don’t mind being petted and fed, and they are excellent at striking a pose for the camera!


8 thoughts on “Sanctuary in the Wild

    1. Hi!

      I cannot actually find the place online, they are a very small venture. But if you drive down from Cusco to Atalaya (one of the bigger port towns to enter the Parque National de Manu) it will be right before you get there. It is called ‘Animal Rescue Center’. You can find a bunch of references to it online though. If you are ever in the area, go check it out!

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