RAREC is primarily a wildlife rescue center. From our base of operations in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, we rescue wild animals in danger, to bring them to our facility for treatment, as we prepare them for their return to the wild.

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Daniel, the giant river otter, the day he arrived to RAREC

RAREC is a fully licensed and authorized rescue and rehabilitation center. We coordinate our efforts with the Peruvian Environmental Police, and our long standing cooperation agreement has been recognized by the Peruvian Government.

Maynas the dwarf manatee
Maynas, the manatee

Our wildlife rescue team stands ready to perform any type of rescue, under any conditions. When we receive notice from the Police about an animal in need of assistance, we dispatch veterinarians, biologists, and assistants as part of our rescue team. We then secure transport of the animal back to our facility, for further examination and medical treatment.

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Rescue operation for a manatee calf. The mother had been killed by poachers.

Since 2011, Team RAREC has rescued Amazonian manatees, ocelots, tapirs, different species of anteaters and tree sloths, a giant river otter, and a number of primates such as spider and woolly monkeys. After an animal completes their rehabilitation process (and if they are able to return to the wild) they are released, in order to help their continued subsistence as a species, in the Rainforest.

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Former volunteer Marie Claire McPolin, teaching a rescued squirrel monkey how to forrage