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Rescue Venezuela's Starving Zoo Animals

by South American Initiative
Rescue Venezuela's Starving Zoo Animals
Rescue Venezuela's Starving Zoo Animals
Rescue Venezuela's Starving Zoo Animals
Rescue Venezuela's Starving Zoo Animals
Rescue Venezuela's Starving Zoo Animals
Rescue Venezuela's Starving Zoo Animals
Rescue Venezuela's Starving Zoo Animals
Rescue Venezuela's Starving Zoo Animals
Rescue Venezuela's Starving Zoo Animals
Rescue Venezuela's Starving Zoo Animals
SAI volunteer sorts out food for Capuchin monkey.
SAI volunteer sorts out food for Capuchin monkey.

When we discovered that many of the zoo animals in Venezuela were starving due to lack of food, we asked if we could extend our help by donating food to help keep the zoo animals alive. To our surprise, the zoos welcomed us with open arms and encouraged us to feed and help the animals in every way possible.  

Medical Care & Increased Security

SAI volunteers deliver food to two zoos and one animal sanctuary.  Our volunteers and veterinarians are highly respected. Life-Sustaining Care

SAI provided life-sustaining care for a large number of animals: monkeys, sloths, pythons, birds, fish, turtles, and reptiles.

3,084 lbs. Of Specialty Foods for Rare Animals

During the first months of the year, we delivered 3,084 lbs. of food to the Zoos and animal refuges we support. Here's a list of the foods:

          Bananas           Sunflower seeds                    
          Papaya             Eggs            
          Plantain            Mice             
          Mangos            Protein
          Watermelon     Powdered Milk

Positive Outlook Continues for 2020

During 2020 we are creating momentum for better medical care, security, and more food for these rare and captive animals in Venezuelan Zoos and animal refuges.

Your contributions keep these animals alive and healthy during this nationwide crisis in Venezuela. In fact, SAI has been quietly supplying zoos and animal refuges with medical care and specialty foods to feed these captive creatures - many who can no longer survive in the wild on their own.

Baby Capuchin monkey clinging to mama's back.
Baby Capuchin monkey clinging to mama's back.
Three mature monkeys babysitting the newborn.
Three mature monkeys babysitting the newborn.
Our python just laid 11 eggs.
Our python just laid 11 eggs.
Three-toed sloth is the star of our animal refuge.
Three-toed sloth is the star of our animal refuge.
Blue-and-gold macaw parrot heals from broken wing.
Blue-and-gold macaw parrot heals from broken wing.
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SAI Zoo Monkeys Share Mango Lunch
SAI Zoo Monkeys Share Mango Lunch

There is a lack of care among the Venezuelan population when it comes to the preservation of animals who are in danger of extinction.

This is most prevalent in public and private zoos and animal refuges in Venezuela. For example, SAI supports a refuge that is taking care of a family of endangered monkeys. 

The population of our monkeys should have increased to 16, but the mother of the newborn died. A visitor tried to steal the newborn baby monkey and in the process harmed the mother resulting in her death.

Increase Security To Protect Rare Animals

This situation proves the necessity for increased security for the animals. We can utilize additional funding to enhance security at our facilities for zoo animals. We plan on helping the zoos with additional fences to protect the monkeys and surrounding wildlife.

With our program, we have had the joy of helping a variety of wild animals providing nutritious foods that improve the health of each one of them. Here are some of the zoo animals we are currently supporting:

38 Different Species

Our field team has difficulty translating different types of species into English, but here is their best effort at a list of rare reptiles we currently care for: 

  • Boa litmus,
  • Albino Burmese Python
  • Sleepy Boa
  • Boa Arboricola
  • Babo morichalero
  • Fake coral
  • Fake Mexican Coral
  • Plain coral
  • Cayman of glasses
  • Velvet
  • Tigra butterfly
  • Reticulated python
  • Madagascar Boa
  • Curacao rattlesnake
  • Black rattlesnake
  • Rattlesnake
  • Common Rattlesnake
  • Mapanare
  • Mapanare Rabo fried
  • Sail chameleon
  • Dipsadine snakes
  • Paraguan tarantula
  • Mining toad
  • Tigra jacket
  • Mapururua
  • Morrona
  • green Iguana
  • Slots
  • Lora basket
  • Yellow-headed Tiger Python
  • Blood python
  • Python ball, Anaconda
  • Morrocoy
  • Leopard gecko
  • Fake mapanare
  • Real kill
  • Orinoco crocodile
  • Paraguayan Boa

Providing Food to Wild Animals

During September, October, November, and December we provided the following sustainable foods to alleviate hunger in zoos, refuges, and sanctuaries for wild animals.

  • Bananas
  • Papaya
  • Plantain
  • Watermelon
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Eggs
  • Protein
  • Dog Food
  • Milk

SAI is A Guardian Angel

At SAI we want to sincerely thank you for helping us rescue these zoo animals. We also extend a huge thank you to A & G Animal Assistance Fund for providing substantial funding to rescue these endangered animals.

Many people claim that we are a “guardian angel” for abandoned zoo animals in Venezuela. We appreciate their kind words, but we know that people like you and A & G are the real heroes in this continuing crisis in Venezuela. 

Your Generosity Is Saving These Animals

Our staff and volunteers are grateful because without your donations many of these rare creatures would simply die of starvation and disease. Due to your generosity, a beautiful array of zoo animals and reptiles are happy, well-nourished, and healthy!

SAI Zoo Keeper Affectionately Feeds Adult Monkey
SAI Zoo Keeper Affectionately Feeds Adult Monkey
SAI Zoo Keeper Carefully Handles Albino Snake
SAI Zoo Keeper Carefully Handles Albino Snake
SAI Zoo Monkey Takes Time For Fruit Lunch Break
SAI Zoo Monkey Takes Time For Fruit Lunch Break
Rare Venezuelan Reptiles Protected at Refuges
Rare Venezuelan Reptiles Protected at Refuges
Rare Venezuelan Turtle at Animal Refuge Center
Rare Venezuelan Turtle at Animal Refuge Center
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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged

according to the way they treat their animals.” 

- Mahatma Gandhi

As the world becomes more stressful and agitated with a constant call for progress and globalization, animals have problems finding where they belong, and how they can survive when their environments are destroyed or allocated for commercial development. Unfortunately, many species face extinction as a result of human carelessness.

Our humanity is traditionally at its best when conditions are at their worst. The plight of our animal population presents a great opportunity for many people to grow, improve, and become more compassionate by supporting animals that need our help to survive.

At SAI we are passionate about helping animals and people. That’s why our foundation is dedicated to helping those during their deepest time of need.Right now the zoo animals of Venezuela are in great danger as food shortages make it difficult to find and pay for sustainable nutrition for the nation’s zoo populations. 

Your donations provide life-sustaining care for a large number of animals: monkeys, sloths, birds, fish, and reptiles.

Thanks to our faithful donors in the last two months, we have been able to donate  bananas, papayas, plantains, fish food, mangos, sunflower seeds, melons, eggs, and rats as their main source of nutrition. These donations keep these animals alive and healthy during this nationwide crisis in Venezuela.

We want to sincerely thank A&G Animal Assistance Fund and GlobalGiving individual donors for their continuous and generous support to save the lives of these animals. Thank you for allowing us to work together in the midst of the economic crisis in Venezuela and provide care for these magnificent creatures.

This information is reflective of the GlobalGiving and SAI campaign Endangered Animal Rescue Fund- Venezuela.



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South American Initiative

Location: Plantation, FL - USA
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Project Leader:
Blade Thomas
Caracas, Venezuela
$1,569 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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