Esperanza Verde is a conservation project in the Amazon basin of Peru, consisting of both wildlife rescue and rainforest protection.
Our aim is to work closely together with the local community, offering alternative sources of income, so that the forest can be managed in a sustainable way.
The projects now owns 180 hectares of rainforest, named ‘Selva Dormida’. With the help of the people of Bello Horizonte, the neighboring village, we hope to be able to protect a bigger area in the future.
The Wildlife Rescue Centre as we imagine it in the future
In Pucallpa many wildlife species find their way into the local markets to be sold either for food or as pets. Because this is illegal, many animals are regularly confiscated. These animals need a home for the rest of their lives and, if possible, need rehabilitation and reintroduction into the wild.
When realized, Esperanza Verde Rescue Centre will be able to receive confiscated animals as well as animals from private persons who, for various reasons, realized these animals are unfit to be pets.
In the rescue centre they will find a new home, and if possible will be taught how to live again in their natural habitat under semi-free conditions.
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Esperanza Verde, will be needing the support of volunteers. Construction of animal enclosures, reforestation, and animal caretaking are some of the things that will need to be done with the help of volunteers.
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Esperanza Verde is being financed mostly by private funding. Being a private initiative, Esperanza Verde will receive no governmental funding and will be run entirely on donations and the help of volunteers. Esperanza Verde is already supported by a Dutch foundation as well as by a German association.
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