Manatee Rescue Centre
To establish a rehabilitation facility and information centre for manatees in Peru
The Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis) is an endangered species in Peru due to poaching and habitat degradation, despite existing national and international laws that protect it. There is also illegal marketing of babies sold as pets to farmers or tourist facilities, where the mortality rate is high.
Through joint efforts between the Regional Bureau for the Production of Loreto, Dallas World Aquarium, the Association for the Conservation of Amazonian Biodiversity - Dallas World Aquarium Zoo (ACOBIA-DWAZOO) and the Association and Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon, a programme began in November 2007 for rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned Amazonian manatees and providing an environmental education programme.
On 30 October 2009, an interagency cooperative agreement was signed between ACOBIA-DWAZOO, Dallas World Aquarium, the Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon, the Regional Production of the Regional Government of Loreto and the Technical Administration of Forestry and Wildlife Iquitos, for the purpose of joining efforts to promote and develop activities for the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of Amazonian aquatic mammals and wildlife. This joint effort is framed within the regional development plans and environmental protection. In this agreement, the project entitled "Foundation Iquitos - Amazon Rescue Centre" will provide support for the rescue, rehabilitation and relocation of aquatic mammals and endangered wildlife in Loreto, anchored by an environmental education programme.
The next step in this important project will be the final construction of the facilities for the Foundation Iquitos - Amazon Rescue Centre, where wildlife species such as red uakari monkeys, giant river otters, harpy eagles and other endangered animals, complying with national and international technical specifications, will become the first formal rescue centre in the Peruvian Amazon accompanied with an expanded and improved environmental education programme.
WAZA Conservation Project 10002 is implemented by Dallas World Aquarium, in collaboration with the Association for the Conservation of Amazonian Biodiversity - Dallas World Aquarium Zoo (ACOBIA-DWAZOO), the Association and Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon, the Bureau for the Production of Loreto and the Technical Administration of Forestry and Wildlife Iquitos.
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