The primary aims are the rescue, rehabilitation and relocation of wild animals, and promotion of conservation through education. Our donations to the project cover the costs of food for the animals under care ($200 per month), the building of release cages ($2000), and the costs of getting the animals back to the wild.
When the monkeys are first rescued and brought back to the rehabilitation centre they are often in very bad condition. When the animals are taken by poachers, and even after they have been sold to pet owners, they are rarely given the proper care they need. Many of the animals taken in here have previously been housed in small, unclean cages, tied up on rope leashes, and fed on incorrect diets. Without the work of the Amazon Shelter, most of these animals were likely to have died – they require much medical attention for their poor physical health, and a lot of care and attention to sooth the psychological stress they have suffered also. Other animals under the project’s care are; white-lipped peccary, red brocket deer, toucans, parrots, macaws, turtles, and other monkey such as tamarins.
Education & Ecotourism
The project also promotes ecotourism through its onsite hostel, which is available for tourists and environmental volunteers, and five forest trails. Amazon Shelter welcomes guests and volunteers from all over the world who travel alone or with their family/friends – whether for a long or short period. The experience gained here can be very rewarding, particularly for students or professionals interested in conservation and animal care.