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Peru Conservation Project Gains Official Animal Sanctuary Status

Cleaned rows of flowers at farm

Conservation director, Stuart Timson gives us the latest news from the Taricaya Reserve:

"As 2007 comes to an end it is time to look back on a truly amazing year here in the Amazon with numerous successes, various new projects and also some mistakes to learn from. Still it is perhaps the final piece of news from this year that gives me the most pleasure to report, Reserva Ecolgica Taricaya is now the first official animal sanctuary in Peru.

Letting the snake go!

We had visits from government officials and vets in December and they were so impressed with the infrastructure at the lodge and the health and vitality of our rescued inhabitants that they pushed the paperwork through surprisingly quickly by Peruvian standards. Just last week we were officially recognised as the first institution legally able to receive confiscated animals and release them back into their natural habitat.

As many of you know we have been unofficially operating with verbal consent from the authorities for several years but we were never able to expand or corroborate with other interested parties. Heads of department in Madre de Dios were unwilling to risk sanctioning a new program and so we were stagnated for a long time.

New dining room

But at Taricaya we never throw in the towel and after many trips to Lima, constant badgering and several heated discussions we have finally achieved the well-deserved status of "animal rescue centre". This fantastic news is a tribute to the hard work of everyone involved with Taricaya over the last few years and I thank everyone who had a part to play be it large or small."

To read more of Stuart's Conservation Project update from Peru click here.

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