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Illescas

Help keep safe the last penguins of Northern Peru

Illescas is a remarkable biodiversity hotspot:

The largest population of Andean Condor in Peru with around 35 birds, Red Legged Cormorants around 40 breeding pairs, Humbolts Penguins with around 60 in the most northern colony of this species, Peruvian pelicans, Blue-footed booby, Guanay cormorant, Turkey and Black Vultures and the most elegant Chilean Flamingo and many more . A huge resident colony of over 3000 sea lions and the only place in the world that  Sechuran foxes all are found.

This is one of the last havens for Peruvian coastal birds, which have been very reduced in other places because of humans. The high cliffs hold a great number and variety of marine birds, among them Pelicans, Cormorants, Piqueros, Gulls, Terns and Blue footed Boobies.

The area is frequented by numerous species of birds and marine or terrestrial mammals. In the  water, whales, Galapagos seals, dolphins and great number of sea lions can be found resting between rocks. The desert area is also home to the Burrowing owl, Miner birds, Turkey Vultures, Black Vulture, Sechuran fox, Small lizards, Saltojo and several reptiles including the Coral snake.

The Illescas mountain range and its beaches, on the west coast of Peru, lie on the edge of the Sechura desert, a vast ecosystem of 70,000 hectares, 45,000 are the property of the Navy of Peru, with the rest belonging to the Local Community of Sechura. The area is made up of a succession of bays with beaches of sand and rocky ends with high precipices (40 meters high). Because of the natural terrain – the ocean to the north, mountain range of 30km long and 15km wide, with peak altitudes of 485 meters to the east; and desert 2-5km wide to the south – access is very difficult, which makes the area a safe haven for the numerous wild species found there.

The Humboldt current from the Antarctic means the waters are very cold and very deep and full of fish. Local fishermen fish the seas daily their use of traditional fishing and local villagers who come to enjoy and observe the beauty of the site do not pose a massive threat to the hill and beach. It is the illegal fishing activities practiced which represent a true danger for the natural balance and contribute to the deterioration of the site.

Faced with these potential threats we have to react urgently to prevent the disappearance of an ecosystem and its unique flora and fauna.

Donate now and help keep safe the last penguins of Northern Peru. 

This quad bike is vital to patrol and keep safe the last group of Humboldt penguins in Northern Peru and the Condor nesting sites from illegal activities everyday of the year.

You will receive a printable certificate of thanks.