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Working together with the local community, we have built a center for wildlife rescue and environmental education, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon.

Around the world, many species are being threatened by illegal hunting and poaching -- and the threat grows more dire every day. The international demand for hides, skins, meat, and other products have caused an increase in depredation of wildlife, and too many species are being ...

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Around the world, many species are being threatened by illegal hunting and poaching -- and the threat grows more dire every day. The international demand for hides, skins, meat, and other products have caused an increase in depredation of wildlife, and too many species are being decimated to unsustainable levels. Many key species in the Amazon regions in Peru are currently in jeopardy, and along with them, the existence of the ecosystems they support. 
This has inspired the creation of RAREC. RAREC is a wildlife rescue center, and our core program is the rescue and rehabilitation of confiscated or injured species for future release. Our center also serves as a research facility for amazonian wildlife, with the goal of protecting existing wildlife populations. 

Ex situ conservation is not a viable permanent alternative to on-site programs. Our base for field operations is our rescue center, which serves as a protected sanctuary, with programs aimed to revitalize populations through rescue, rehabilitation, and reintroduction to the species' regular environment. We aim to replicate the success of similar programs abroad; build a strong support system ingrained into an ecosystem for conservation efforts is the best method for those species to regain a solid footing in their habitat of origin 
Locally, there is little awareness about the plight of the species, its importance to the ecosystem, or its protected status. Thus, RAREC's rescue and rehabilitation program is complemented with our youth education program, our program for training in alternative sources of income, and our medical campaign programs. Our focus is the people living in the remote communities of the Amazon. By offering them viable alternatives to poaching, and by offering them an incentive to become involved in conservation, we will help protect the wildlife living in the vicinity of these communities. 
Programs focused on environmental education and sustainable development are the most important aspect of our mission statement, and will become key to reaching an understanding with the local community, as we emphasize the important of conservation efforts, and how precious the commitment to conservation should be to all of us. 


We hope that our efforts attract the attention of researchers (local and foreign) in the areas of biology, conservation, or environmental sciences for internships programs, and volunteers who wish to contribute to the preservation of Amazonian ecosystem, while providing a platform for the investigative research of the species, and a comfortable place to stay from where you can go sightseeing in different places of the Peruvian Amazon. 
We also hope to attract tourists, the general public interested in interacting with nature and learning about the importance of rainforest flora and fauna in modern society. Our tourismrelated programs are for informative and educational purposes only. We seek to spread awareness of the plight of many of the local species, and of the importance that they have within our ecosystem. 
Finally, we seek to reach out to the local population, especially school-age children. Campaigns will be targeted to educate the local people on the benefits of stable wildlife management practices, so that sustainability can be achieved. 

General Goal
Create a rescue center for wildlife in the Loreto region, in which confiscated, injured, or abandoned wild animals can be treated and rehabilitated for reinstatement into the wild; a center that will become self-sustainable by functioning as an educational facility and a tourist attraction; and a center which can also serve as a base of research operations and lodging for academics, conservationists, and educators interested in our on-site programs. 
Specific Goals
Rescue and reintegrate at-risk fauna, and restore natural habitats for ex situ conservation. 
Promote breeding of indigenous wildlife to repopulate declining communities. Raising awareness public about caring for wild animals in order to promote an understanding of the value of conservation of wildlife. 
Promote skill-training for starting and experienced professionals of different disciplines in rainforest wildlife rescue, while promoting research on maintaining sustainable habitats, and healthy populations. 
Offering the academic community a site of interest for the research and development of zoological, biological, and environmental theories and practices. We also provide training, related to the management and conservation of wildlife indigenous to the Amazon’s watershed. 
Create educational programs for school-age children, youth, families, and senior citizens, focused on biodiversity, conservation, natural resource, and traditional medicine education. 
Enable volunteer programs to help achieve the objectives of the center and allow direct learning and skill-training courses in management, caretaking and conservation of wildlife. 

Contact Person

Kathya Ribbeck

Spoken languages: English, Spanish
  Very high response rate

RAREC reviews

Christina Gut rating3.6

2022 at School teacher

I had a great time at Rarec close to Iquitos in Peru. They take good care of the rescued animals. The owners, team of volunteers, vets and interns were great and interesting people. Teaching the local children was an amazing experience; there is still so much to do ...
Megan rating5.0

2023 at Wildlife Caretaker Volunteer

The name of the program is very appropriate, you live you love, and you learn! I spent a month volunteering at RAREC. I’m so glad that I chose this organization. If you truly want to be part of the conservation effort to save the Amazon, you will be in your correct element. While you are there, ...
Marion Lappat rating5.0

2023 at Wildlife Caretaker Volunteer

I was 3 weeks in April at RAREC and it was such a great experience. 100%worth it. I met a lot of interesting and friendly people, was able to work for and with wonderful animals and could make the experience to live in the Amazonas ...
Evie A rating5.0

2023 at Wildlife Caretaker Volunteer

Had an amazing time volunteering at Rarec, working with monkeys, manatees and cats! All the staff were incredibly friendly and happy to help. I felt safe throughout my visit and very ...
nancy neef rating5.0

2022 at Wildlife Caretaker Volunteer

I loved my time at RAREC, with both the humans and nonhumans! There were folks from Mexico, Spain, UK, Columbia, France, Argentina, US, and elsewhere, but what everyone had in common was a love for the animals. (Of course loving the animals also means washing their dishes, preparing their food, ...
Eric Boberg rating5.0

2022 at Wildlife Caretaker Volunteer

Shortly after retiring, I spent 4 weeks at RAREC, and it was an incredible experience. It was hard work for an older city slicker, but so rewarding. This is not for everyone. The focus is on service to the animals, not photo ops. But the more you give, the more you get back. The staff, interns, ...

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