Addressing the illegal wildlife trade and need for wildlife conservation doesn't stop because there is a pandemic. Wildtracks has continued to rehabilitate endangered manatees, monkeys and other species, preparing them for release into the wild despite the challenges imposed by Covid-19. Finances are now depleted, and critical support is needed as we navigate the way forward - but Wildtracks is still working to support Belize's national wildlife conservation strategies
Wildtracks' success is supported by international volunteers, contributing to the effective day to day care of the manatees, monkeys and other at-risk wildlife species in rehabilitation. With Covid-19 preventing international travel, the care of the 6 manatees and 48 endangered primates currently at Wildtracks has required the hiring extra local staff to fill the gap, stretching finances, and we are now reaching a critical point, with financial reserves nearly exhausted.
With the global re-opening of some travel, Wildtracks is seeing the return of international volunteers, but still needs to bridge the very significant financial gap that has resulted from the impacts of the pandemic to meet wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release demands. This appeal will ensure that we are able to continue to provide the high level of care for these animals and ensure their successful release, whilst Wildtracks recovers.
The project supports successful national wildlife conservation efforts for three endangered species in Belize, through rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured Antillean manatees and monkeys surrendered or confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade. With fewer than 700 manatees remaining in the coastal waters, and with increasing pressures on primate populations, each successful release improves long term species viability not just for Belize, but for the region.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).