Amazon Rainforest situation
Around the world, many species are being threatened by illegal hunting and poaching -- and the threat grows direr every day. The international demand for hides, skins, meat, and other products have caused an increase in depredation of wildlife, and too many species are being decimated to unsustainable levels. Many key species in the Amazon regions in Peru are currently in jeopardy, and along with them, the existence of the ecosystems they support.
This has inspired the creation of RAREC. RAREC is a wildlife rescue center, and our core program is the rescue and rehabilitation of confiscated or injured species for future release. Our center also serves as a research facility for Amazonian wildlife, with the goal of protecting existing wildlife populations.
Our base for field operations is our rescue center, which serves as a protected sanctuary, with programs aimed to revitalize populations through rescue, rehabilitation, and reintroduction to the species' regular environment. We aim to replicate the success of similar programs abroad; building a strong support system for conservation efforts is the best method for those species to regain a solid footing in their habitat of origin.
Locally, there is little awareness about the plight of the species, its importance to the ecosystem, or its protected status. Thus, RAREC's rescue and rehabilitation program is complemented by our youth education program, our program for training in alternative sources of income, and our medical campaign programs. Our focus is the people living in the remote communities of the Amazon. By offering them viable alternatives to poaching, and by offering them an incentive to become involved in conservation, we will help protect the wildlife living in the vicinity of these communities.
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