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Voluntourism Wildlife Program at the Amazon Shelter
The Amazon Shelter is part of the Center for Rehabilitation and Conservation of Wild Animals , CRCAS, based in Lima and the rainforest of Puerto Maldonado. It is operated by a group of professionals and volunteers devoted to promote the protection and welfare of wild animals, free or captive, and the conservation of their natural environment. In addition to the Shelter itself CRCAS is also involved in activities related to the use of natural resources and the sustainable development of our planet. The illegal trade of wildlife is third in the world after arms and drugs commerce, moving about 20 million dollars per year (60 % in fauna). In many places this “business” is also involved with drugs traffic and corruption, which makes it very difficut to erradicate. The illegal and uncontrolled massive extraction of flora and fauna has a strong impact in the loss of biodiversity in the amazonian rainforest . Animals are our “silent workers” that recycle, clean, pollinate, fertilize and keep the delicate balance of these ecosystems that are also essential for human life. Our best tool is without doubt the information and education that we can give people to make them aware about this terrible truth. That is why in Lima and in Puerto Maldonada CRCAS gives priority to environmental education workshops for all different levels in the population.
The Shelter is a non governmental organization founded in 2005 by Magali Salinas, an animal lover who decided to fight against the illegal wild animal trade. At the beginning activities were focused on helping the authorized governmental institutions in the rescue, rehabilitation and relocation of confiscated or abandoned wild animals. “Do not buy animals” is one of our main slogans, because no demand means no offering of animals.
You can assist this mission by volunteering at the Amazon Shelter.
ONE WEEK VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
1: Puerto Maldonado/Amazon Shelter
After lunch you learn about the work to be done for the coming week, including preparation of diets and feeding of the animals. The diet for the animals is prepared on a daily basis, and varies depending on the species. In some cases, specific doses of medicine will have to be added. We will learn about this process today, and depending on the day of the week there my also be a visit to the market to do some weekly shopping. After dinner there will be a talk on the Center`s work, its activities, rescue operations and awareness-raising campaigns at schools and institutes in Puerto Maldonado. Founder Magali Salinas will talk about the challenges of leading such an initiative. (L,D)
Days 2 - 6: Amazon Shelter
Trails around the Amazon Shelter lead mainly through the Terra Firme rainforest, and along these trails there are infographics that will give you interesting facts on the forest and the animals living in it. Through these, your work with the wildlife, and Shelter staff you will get know and appreciate one of the most diverse rainforests on the planet.These trails need to be cleaned periodically because the forest rapidly seizes what it once owned. Infographics are to be maintained, the hide cleaned, signs painted and other needs met; any of these could be included in your week. On some cases infrastructure repairs may be in order or new buildings built. (B,L,D)
7: Amazon Shelter/Puerto Maldonado
Please contact us for the cost for the 7 day/6 night program, which includes transfers from Puerto Maldonado airport, accommodation in bungalows with shared facilities, all meals and the extra activities noted in the above itinerary. To the program we can arrange/organize your flight to Lima and on to Puerto Maldanado, plus add additional days to explore either more of the Puerto Maldanado/Tambopata rainforest, or other parts of Peru such as Machu Picchu and the Amazon River.