Taricaya Rescue Centre
Taricaya Research Center started working towards wildlife conservation since its foundation and was officially recognized by the government as a Wildlife rescue center in 2008. We were one of the first centers putting into practice wildlife release. In Peru most rescued animals had a zoo as their final destination. We followed techniques from other countries with more experience in this field and pioneered the concept in Peru, designing and applying protocols that have allowed us to successfully release over 60 specimens of wild animals back into the wild since our beginnings.
- Rescue wild animals that were taken out of the rainforest to be kept in captivity.
- Rehabilitate each animal to give them back their physical and emotional health.
- Release the animals that recover their natural abilities for life in the wild.
- Keep and give a good quality of life in captivity to the animals that cannot be released.
- Monitor the animals after release to assess their adaptation into the wild.
- Develop laboratory and field research in wildlife studies.
- As an official institution for wildlife conservation in situ we have authorized programs for management, treatment, captive breeding, repopulation and reintroduction of wildlife.
- Educate and create project awareness to involve more people in wildlife protection and/or to replicate this project, either independently or with our help to expand our area of influence.
As a volunteers your daily activities involve assisting the staff in charge of the center in 3 areas:
- Animal feeding (AF): prepare food for each animal following the specific diets and portions, distribute the food in the feeding platforms of each enclosure, pick up left overs and change water pot, clean kitchen area.
- Rescue center management (RCM): clean, repair, improve paths, enclosures, facilities in and around the center.
- Animal husbandry: Care, feed, clean, babysit the babies at the center.
You will also participate in the monthly and yearly planned activities like:
- Vet at the center: Medical controls, parasite analysis, medical procedures
- Biologist at the center: Behavioral studies, pre and post release monitoring
- Data Input: Process field collections and data in the computer.
- Animal release: Take the animals to the release site and be part of their return into the wild.
- Spider monkey monitoring: Camp out in the forest and track the released animals to evaluate their adaptation and establishment into the wild.
INTERN OPPORTUNITY! If you study Veterinary medicine, biology, animal care or a career related to wildlife you can experience volunteering as an Intern at the Rescue Center.
Repopulation programsMost individuals we receive at the center are natives of the area and their natural populations live around our reserve. When animals are ready for release, we release them to encounter other individuals or groups of the same species in the area.
This program helps to recover populations constantly diminished by hunting or destruction of their habitat.
Spider Monkey Reintroduction ProgramThe black spider monkey (Ateles chamek) is an important species for the Amazon but since 30 years ago it is locally extinct due to overhunting.
This program involves a long process of care and rehabilitation of individual spider monkeys to form a groups that will have the ability of succeeding in the wild as a family and bring back the species in the area.
Since 2012 we have released 5 groups of spider monkeys back into the reserve and adjoining national park. The program also involves post release monitoring to evaluate their progress using radio collars and telemetry equipment to make sure that they have established a fixed territory and are healthy and well-nourished after the stressful release process.
We have recorded two wild births among the groups which proves that they have successfully established in the area as an independent wild species.
At the moment we have more individuals in the rehabilitation process at the center and the next group is scheduled to be released around July 2017.
Captive Breeding ProgramsThese programs have the goal to maintain reproductive pairs at the center and release the offspring back into the wild to repopulate the area with animals that are constantly hunted.
We have had success with three species this far: Lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris), Red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus) and Razor-billed curassow (Mitu tuberosa).
For any animal to breed in captivity the conditions must be ideal and these successes are a testimony to our management of these animals. We provide them with stimuli in their enclosures; well-balanced diets precisely administered every day and the avoidance of human contact as much as possible.
Andean Spectacled Bear Conservation ProgramOur latest project started in 2015 has been the rescue of spectacled bears (Tremarctos ornatus).
We currently have 1 male and 3 females at the rescue center. They were all rescued from different zoos who kept them in terrible conditions. Even though we are not their natural habitat (they live in cloudy forests) we were the only rescue center with the best facilities and staff to offer them a good quality of life in captivity.
They cannot be released and our aim is to captive breed the adults with a view to releasing the offspring back into the wild and recover their natural populations also threatened by hunting and destruction of their habitat.
About TARICAYA RESCUE CENTER
- We are one of the first official centers of its kind in Peru.
- We have the first Reintroduction Project legally and successfully developed for Peru
- We were part of the first relocation of a wild animal from a wild area to another in Peru.
- We were ranked #2 on a list of best non-governmental organizations in combating illegal wildlife-pet trade in Peru by the Journal for Nature Conservation (Daut, et al. 2015).
- We are custodians of the famous CHOLITA and DOMINGA, 2 female spectacled bears who lost their hair due to human abuse and were rescued by ADI.
About the animals entering the center?
- Most animals are survivors of hunting and logging activities, kept illegally as pets by local people. Local authorities confiscate the animals or receive them voluntarily from people and are usually found malnourished or hurt.
- We receive the animals from them as legal custodians for the time they are under our care. Some animals come from other wildlife centers that do not keep them in proper conditions.
About the rehabilitation process?
- Biologists and veterinary doctors experts in wildlife management and research in captivity and in the wild are in charge of the center.
- Upon arrival new animals are placed under quarantine to receive a sanitary evaluation and rehabilitation plan.
- After the quarantine period the animals are placed in safe and strong enclosures, designed to host the animals comfortably emulating their habitat in the wild. Babies are cared for in the Animal Husbandry area at the Animal Hospital until they are more independent and ready to join their own species.
- Each animal is set with a nutritional plan with all the essential elements for a balanced diet, a medical plan with routine health checks, vaccination program and sanitary controls and an environmental enrichment plan to stimulate and entertain the animals during their time in captivity.
- Behavioral studies are constantly developed for evaluation of their progress at the center.
About the released process?
- When an animal has recovered their physical, emotional and behavioral conditions to succeed in the wild, it is candidate for release.
- The animals will go through a pre-release process including sanitary evaluation.
- When it’s a solitary animal and populations of its species exist in our area, we release it around the reserve close to the Tambopata National Reserve.
- When it´s a gregarious animal, we put together individuals of the same species to form a family group and once an alpha leader appears, they are ready for release.
- If an animal does not recover all the necessary conditions to succeed in the wild, we keep the animal as a resident in the center and it can go into a reproduction program.
- Post release monitoring (if possible) is done until we are confident that they have established a fixed territory and are healthy and well-nourished after the stressful release process.