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.
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.
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.
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.