Peru, the third largest country in South America, has a wide range of ecosystems. Its scenery ranges from the beautiful lowland coastal region, the spectacular Andes Mountains, to the tropical forests full of lush vegetation surrounding the Amazon River – all responsible for its frequent inclusion as one of the top “mega diversities” of the world. The DWA has partnered with Peru since 2004, working with the Dirección General Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre and Parque de Las Leyendas Zoo to support the conservation efforts for Andean cocks-of-the-rocks.

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WAZA News: Amazon Rescue Center

The Peruvian Amazon is renowned for being one of the planet’s most biologically diverse regions, hosting thousands of species of plants and animals and serving as the birthplace of the majestic Amazon River. At the heart of this lush landscape stands Iquitos, the world’s largest city accessible only by air or waterway. Iquitos is a kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, cheerful inhabitants and enveloping warmth. Unfortunately, throughout its history, the city’s development has been intrinsically linked to the exploitation of its natural resources, from the rubber boom in the 19th century to the extraction of animal skins and essential oils like rosewood, to more recent activities such as oil drilling, logging, and the trade in wild fauna. In this region, life for Amazonian residents has been an ongoing struggle for survival, as they depend on the forest’s resources to meet their needs. Sadly, our ecosystems are deteriorating at an alarming rate, affecting countless species, including the Amazonian manatee.

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9th Manatee Release Celebrates Successful Conservation Efforts in the Peruvian Amazon

The 9th Manatee Release took place on Tuesday, June 27 at Tapaje Lagoon, located in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Communal Regional Conservation Area. This momentous event showcased the ongoing collaboration between the Amazon Rescue Center (CREA) and The Dallas World Aquarium Zoo (DWAZoo), under the leadership of Daryl Richardson, in their dedicated efforts to protect and conserve the noble Amazonian manatee species.

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The Dallas World Aquarium, Peruvian Conservation Group Release Rescued Amazonian Manatees

Nearly 3,000 miles from Texas, in the remote Amazon rainforest of Peru, a team of veterinarians, biologists and conservationists from The Dallas World Aquarium’s manatee rescue project has successfully released five rehabilitated Amazonian manatees back into their natural environment near Iquitos, Peru.

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Aves of the Andes

The DWA has been interested in Andean species of birds that are seldom and/or successfully displayed in zoos, possibly due to lack of information about their physiology adaptations to live at high altitudes and the problems faced when transferred to exhibits at low altitudes.

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Centro de Rescate Amazónico (Amazon Rescue Center)

In February 2008, the DWA was contacted requesting assistance with four orphaned Amazonian manatees (Trichechus inunguis) in Iquitos, Peru. The DWA immediately sent much needed powdered milk for the babies, medical supplies and funds to pay for their care. Arrangements were made for the manatees to temporarily live in a small pool that was located at a private house in Iquitos.

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Isla de los Monos (Monkey Island)

At the primate rescue center called “Isla de los Monos” (Monkey Island) near Iquitos, Peru, the DWA has assisted in the improvement of the crop and fruit plantations for the animals and workers to consume, construction of the tourist reception area, dorm for keepers, two large holding areas for newly rescued primates and updating of the water well and elevated cistern.

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