Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation

 The Rainforest Awareness Rescue and Education Center is a certified wildlife rescue center, operating thirty miles from the city of Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon. We are authorized by the Peruvian government to operate as a wildlife center, and we work in close cooperation with the Peruvian Environmental police, to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need, and prepare them, if possible, for their return to the wild.

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

manatee rescue 1Rescue operation for a manatee calf. The mother had been killed by poachers.

A rescue operation can be a quick expedition downtown to pick up an animal being kept in a cage, or a carefully planned expedition to a village deep in the Amazon rainforest. Every single animal we rescue is an important part of the ecosystem, which is why we provide the best possible care to each of our rescued residents.


To meet our residents, Click here.