As we care for Bui and the other manatees under our care, we are reminded of the circumstances which brought them to our center. All the manatees in our Center were rescued from people who had captured them illegally, and all of them had been mistreated.
But none more so than Bui. In fact, it's a miracle she survived her ordeal. Her mother was killed for food, and she was locked in a cooler, to be transported for slaughter.
A surprise intervention by the Environmental Police saved her life, and we were summoned to pick her up. All of this happened out of blue, back in July.
The following link is in Spanish. It is the newspaper article from Peru's largest newspaper, reporting the story of Bui's rescue. We believe it's important for you to learn of the tragic stories behind our resident manatees, because we are working very hard to make sure no other manatees will have to suffer this fate.
We hope you are able to help our conservation efforts. Remember that all proceeds from sales at the RAREC Store help fund our rescue and environmental education programs. Thank you for your support!