It’s always a pleasure to see our young howler monkey Armando playing with his friends! This is the result of the effort of many volunteers who have taken care of Armando over the past 3 years. Thank you for all your work!
The completion of the Elmo enclosure in February marked the completion of the final enclosure funded by the Lush Charitable Giving Program. The Lush Program provides funding to small, grassroots organisations that, like us, are working tirelessly to protect animals and their environment.
The Elmo enclosure is the biggest of the projects sponsored by Lush and has taken nearly 12 months to construct. We are constantly receiving new animals confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade and so it is vital that we build new enclosures on a regular basis.
The completion of Elmo enclosure could not of come soon enough, as within days the Peruvian government confiscated nearly nine hundred parakeets, macaws and other parrots. These birds were malnourished and dehydrated and were quickly bought to Esperanza Verde. The Elmo enclosure, like our other enclosures, give these animals time to rehabilitate and hopefully once they are fit and healthy a chance to be released back into the wild.
Wild Futures is a primate welfare and conservation charity based in the UK. As well as running a sanctuary in Cornwall for primates rescued from the pet trade, they also provide support to many organisations that are protecting primates worldwide. We are thrilled to announce that this year Esperanza Verde was granted funding as part of Wild Futures overseas support program.
This grant will allow the team in Peru to build another much needed rehabilitation enclosure. These enclosures are a vital part of our work and provide a safe environment for rescued animals to transition back in to the wild. Like these monkeys pictured, the majority of animals at Esperanza Verde are rescued from the illegal wildlife trade and, after a period of rehabilitation, they are given a second chance at freedom. Thanks to the support of Wild Futures, the team in Peru will be able to begin construction of this much needed enclosure soon. Further updates soon.
Mica, a female capuchin, was taken from the wild as a very small baby. She was confiscated from the wildlife trade and hand raised by our team, before being released back into the wild. She was the very first monkey we rescued and spotting her with a baby justifies all our hard work!