Rescue Endangered Wildlife in Guatemala

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End of the Year Report 2021!

Greetings from Guatemala,

ARCAS continues to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic and its consequences. The rate of infections has dropped and the government has lifted most of the restrictions on travel, but masks are still mandatory.

 

Despite a lack of volunteers, we continue to receive and treat rescued wild animals. The wild animals of Guatemala and the poachers and traffickers that prey on them don’t pay attention to pandemics.  

Wildlife releases 2021:

In 2021, we released a total of 50 animals, both in Hawaii, Peten and in the Guatemala City area.  These include:

 

2 jaguarundis

1 tamandua

24 Moreleti crocodiles

3 tepezcuintles 

5 racoons

3 barn owls

2 acorn woodpeckers

1 Keel-billed toucans

4 Ferriginous owls

2 coatimundis

3 opossum

 

We are finishing up the sea turtle season now, and hope to report on our egg collection and hatchling releases in Hawaii by the end of the year.  We also continue with our sea turtle population monitoring at 7 index beachs and will be reporting on that in early 2022.  



We just finished with our participation in the Parrot Festival, which we carried out as a member of the regional network, Loros Sin Frontera, which aims to reduce demand for the poaching and purchase of parrots throughout Mexico and Central America.  You can find more information about this activity at www.lorossinfronteras.com   



Your generous donation has helped us keep our rescue centers running by purchasing food and veterinary medicines for the animals. We continue in crisis mode, looking for alternative sources of income to pay staff and feed animals and have been focusing our efforts on on-line fundraising, especially GlobalGiving, and this has helped to fill in some of the gaps.  

 

 

For the upcoming Giving Tuesday 30.11. we have submitted a new project for funds for our Rescue an Conservation Centres in Guatemala. Please keep supporting ARCAS!

 

In addition to donating directly to our projects, GlobalGiving allows our supporters and ex-volunteers to create their own fundraising pages to invite their networks to support ARCAS’s wildlife conservation efforts, so if you can help in this way, let us know.  Celebrate your birthday, run a race, or start an employee competition — there are many ways you can help us through this crisis!

Now that we are a 501c3 non-profit organization in the US, we have joined AmazonSmile.  If you could help us by choosing ARCAS as your charity, we would appreciate it. Same products, same prices, same service.  AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to ARCAS at no extra cost to you. 

Also, you can help by becoming an ARCAS monthly donor.  You can do this via GlobalGiving.  Recurring donors – even for small donations – are especially helpful as these are resources that we can count on from month-to-month to help us continue our work.   

Thanks very much for your support for our wildlife conservation activities in Guatemala, especially in these times of crisis.  Your donation helps us continue our efforts to save the wild ones of the earth.  

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Yellow Naped Amazon (Amazona auropalliata)
Yellow Naped Amazon (Amazona auropalliata)

Greetings from Guatemala,

We have just started up the 2021 sea turtle conservation season and we are hoping to recuperate from the ground lost last year due to the pandemic. Our goal is to collect and incubate 30,000 olive ridley and leatherback eggs both from eggs donated under the 20% conservation quota and - with your help - through our Sponsor-a-Nest program.

Despite a lack of volunteers due to the global pandemic, we continue to receive and treat rescued wild animals. The wild animals of Guatemala and the poachers and traffickers that prey on them don’t pay attention to pandemics. Your generous donation has helped us keep our rescue centers running by purchasing food and veterinary medicines for the animals. We continue in crisis mode, looking for alternative sources of income to pay staff and feed animals and have been focusing our efforts on on-line fundraising, especially GlobalGiving, and this has helped to fill in some of the gaps.  

Great news:The doors of the CEBio opened in Peten! 

The CEBio aims to give non-releasable wild animals a high quality of life while at the same time allowing tourists, students and other visitors to learn about the long-term damaged cause by the illegal pet.  At the CeBio we are able to give non-releasable animals which we have been rescued from the illegal trade a humane, natural habitat in which to live.  Many of these animals have been injured or have suffered stress and anxiety from confinement.  (After one year of Covid lockdowns and travel restrictions, I think we can all relate to this!)  With the CeBio, we want to create awareness in the new generation: no more animals in cages!

Protecting Nests - COLORES

 

The Yellow-naped amazon is highly sought-after by traffickers and consumers for its advanced ability to imitate the human voice and other sounds.  ARCAS continues its leadership in the COLORES project (@Conservacionlorosguatemala), a pioneering effort to protect the last estimated 500 Yellow-naped amazons (Amazona auropalliata) remaining on the Pacific coastal plain of Guatemala.

 

As part of the COLORES consortium, ARCAS and One Earth Conservation have joined forces with communities and farm owners of “hotspots” where the last populations of the  Yellow-naped amazons still exist.  Much of COLORES’s efforts are spent on protecting parrot nests during the January – March nesting season.  This work is difficult and sometimes dangerous, and recently we lost one of our best allies - Pedro Viteri Arriola – who was murdered by poachers as he tried to protect a parrot nest.  Our deepest condolences go out to the Viteri family with our desire to honor Pedro by redoubling our efforts to save the Yellow-naped amazon!

In addition to donating directly to our projects, GlobalGiving allows our supporters and ex-volunteers to create their own fundraising pages to invite their networks to support ARCAS’s wildlife conservation efforts, so if you can help in this way, let us know.  Celebrate your birthday, run a race, or start an employee competition — there are many ways you can help us through this crisis!

Now that we are a 501c3 non-profit organization in the US, we have joined AmazonSmile.  If you could help us by choosing ARCAS as your charity, we would appreciate it. Same products, same prices, same service.  AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to ARCAS at no extra cost to you. 

Also, you can help by becoming an ARCAS monthly donor.  You can do this via GlobalGiving, or through our Paypal account.  Recurring donors – even for small donations – are especially helpful as these are resources that we can count on from month-to-month to help us continue our work.   

Thanks very much for your support for our wildlife conservation activities in Guatemala, especially in these times of crisis.  Your donation helps us continue our efforts to save the wild ones of the earth.  

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Manuel Galindo
Manuel Galindo

Greetings from Guatemala,

ARCAS continues to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic and its consequences. The rate of infections has dropped and the government has lifted most of the restrictions on travel, but masks are still mandatory, and we are all nervously waiting for a second wave after the Easter holidays. And if that weren’t enough, the Pacaya Volcano has been erupting and the ash closed down the airport today.  Masks now fill a dual purpose!

Despite a lack of volunteers, we continue to receive and treat rescued wild animals. The wild animals of Guatemala and the poachers and traffickers that prey on them don’t pay attention to pandemics. Your generous donation has helped us keep our rescue centers running by purchasing food and veterinary medicines for the animals. We continue in crisis mode, looking for alternative sources of income to pay staff and feed animals and have been focusing our efforts on on-line fundraising, especially GlobalGiving, and this has helped to fill in some of the gaps.  

Great news:The doors of the CEBio are opening in Peten! 

March 25, ARCAS is inaugurating its newly renovated Biodiversity Education Center,  located just next to its Rescue Center in Flores, Petén.  The CEBio aims to give non-releasable wild animals a high quality of life while at the same time allowing tourists, students and other visitors to learn about the long-term damaged cause by the illegal pet.  At the CeBio we are able to give non-releasable animals which we have been rescued from the illegal trade a humane, natural habitat in which to live.  Many of these animals have been injured or have suffered stress and anxiety from confinement.  (After one year of Covid lockdowns and travel restrictions, I think we can all relate to this!)  With the CeBio, we want to create awareness in the new generation: no more animals in cages!

 

Protecting Nests - COLORES

 

The Yellow-naped amazon is highly sought-after by traffickers and consumers for its advanced ability to imitate the human voice and other sounds.  ARCAS continues its leadership in the COLORES project (@Conservacionlorosguatemala), a pioneering effort to protect the last estimated 500 Yellow-naped amazons (Amazona auropalliata) remaining on the Pacific coastal plain of Guatemala.

 

As part of the COLORES consortium, ARCAS and One Earth Conservation have joined forces with communities and farm owners of “hotspots” where the last populations of the  Yellow-naped amazons still exist.  Much of COLORES’s efforts are spent on protecting parrot nests during the January – March nesting season.  This work is difficult and sometimes dangerous, and recently we lost one of our best allies - Pedro Viteri Arriola – who was murdered by poachers as he tried to protect a parrot nest.  Our deepest condolences go out to the Viteri family with our desire to honor Pedro by redoubling our efforts to save the Yellow-naped amazon!

In addition to donating directly to our projects, GlobalGiving allows our supporters and ex-volunteers to create their own fundraising pages to invite their networks to support ARCAS’s wildlife conservation efforts, so if you can help in this way, let us know.  Celebrate your birthday, run a race, or start an employee competition — there are many ways you can help us through this crisis!

Now that we are a 501c3 non-profit organization in the US, we have joined AmazonSmile.  If you could help us by choosing ARCAS as your charity, we would appreciate it. Same products, same prices, same service.  AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to ARCAS at no extra cost to you. 

Also, you can help by becoming an ARCAS monthly donor.  You can do this via GlobalGiving, or through our Paypal account.  Recurring donors – even for small donations – are especially helpful as these are resources that we can count on from month-to-month to help us continue our work.   

Thanks very much for your support for our wildlife conservation activities in Guatemala, especially in these times of crisis.  Your donation helps us continue our efforts to save the wild ones of the earth.  

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Red-fronted amazons
Red-fronted amazons

Greetings from Guatemala where we are still recovering from tropical storms Eta and Iota which did a lot of damage to the eastern part of the country. We also continue to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. The rate of infections has dropped and the government has lifted most of the restrictions on travel, but masks are still mandatory, and we are all nervously waiting for a second wave with the holidays. 

We are finishing up the sea turtle nesting season and have over 4000 eggs buried in the Hawaii Hatchery. That is a low number for us, but the beaches were closed for much of July and August, and we have not received any volunteers or interns to help us with egg collection and data gathering. 

Despite not having any volunteers, we continue to receive and treat rescued wild animals. The wild animals of Guatemala and the poachers and traffickers that prey on them don’t pay attention to pandemics. So far in 2020, we have received over 86 animals at our rescue centers in Peten, Guatemala City and Hawaii.

 

The 28th of August we carried out an animal release in the Yaxha Nakum Naranjo - National Park in Peten. Among the animals released:

  • Nine-banded armadillo - Dasypus novemcinctus
  • Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis
  • Jaguarundi - Herpailouros yaguarundi
  • Coatimundi - Nasua narica
  • 18 different turtles of 4 different species
  • 40 parrot - (including: White-fronted - Amazona Albifrons, Red-fronted - Amazona Autumnalis, Mealy - Amazona Farinosa, White-crowned - Pionus Senilis)

Our many thanks to the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) and the Humane Society International for their support with this release.  

 

The pandemic has been difficult for all of us, but it has been especially difficult for Fernando, Alejandro, Anna and the rest of the team of the rescue center in Peten who, without the help of volunteers and interns, have been working long hours to keep the 500+ animals at the center healthy and on the road to rehabilitation. Your generous donation have helped us keep the rescue center running by purchasing food and veterinary medicines for the animals. THANKS!

 

 

The red-lored amazon (Amazona autumnalis) is one of the most-frequently trafficked animals in Guatemala.  They can live up to 80 years, so, in addition to being illegal, keeping them as pets is a life-long commitment.  

These two parrots were recently donated to ARCAS by an elderly couple who, after 30 years, found they were no longer able to care for them.  In addition to being really loud, they can inflict serious bites.  

DON'T BUY WILD ANIMALS AS PETS!!!

 

 

 

We have also recently published several important papers on the sea turtles and parrots of Guatemala which you can find on our publications page: https://arcasguatemala.org/who-we-are/arcas-publications/

 

 

THE NEXT SIX MONTHS ARE CRITICAL for the survival of ARCAS and Guatemalan wildlife. 

We are happy to hear that a Covid vaccine is on the way, but it will probably not be readily available until next spring.  Although we are opening to the public in December, our volunteer and intern programs will probably not begin recuperating until mid-2021, and most of our institutional donors have put their conservation programs on hold due to the economic crisis.   

Meanwhile, we continue receiving orphaned animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade and are finishing up our sea turtle conservation season at the Hawaii Park.   

Please help us make it through the next 6 months by making a donation this GivingTuesday (December 1st) to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-wildlife-rescue-in-guatemala/   Donations up to $2500 will be matched by GlobalGiving, though the % match will be determined depending on our ranking at the end of the day.   

Help ARCAS and the wildlife it protects make it through the next months!!! 

Nine banded armadillo
Nine banded armadillo
Olive ridley sea turtle
Olive ridley sea turtle
Injured margay
Injured margay
Margay recuperated
Margay recuperated

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...Margay after.
...Margay after.

Greetings from Guatemala where the Coronavirus pandemic continues, though it seems to be “flattening” out.  The government is doing fairly well in containing the virus and currently we have 41,135 cases with 1,573 fatalities.  Masks are mandatory, and unessential travel and large gatherings are prohibited.  People are getting sick of the lockdown and the economy is not doing well, but most people realize that this is necessary to beat the virus.  Nonetheless, it’s disturbing to see single mothers with children waving white flags on the sides of the roads, asking for food.  In such an environment, it makes ARCAS’s work saving the wildlife of Guatemala even more challenging than usual.     

 

The wildlife of Guatemala and the poachers and traffickers that prey on them don’t pay attention to pandemics, and we continue to receive a steady stream of confiscated animals in Peten, Guatemala City and at our project in Hawaii.  During this first half of 2020, we have received over 200 confiscated wild animals.  I attach some fotos of the animals and their stores. 

 

The pandemic has been difficult for all of us, but it has been especially difficult for Fernando, Alejandro, Anna and the rest of the staff of the rescue center in Peten who, without the help of volunteers and interns, have been working long hours to keep the 500+ animals at the center healthy and on the road to rehabilitation and release.  Your generous donation has helped us keep the rescue center running by purchasing food and veterinary medicines for the animals. 

 

On July 10th we initiated out sea turtle conservation season at the Hawaii Park, and Sofia, Mynor and the rest of the staff there is busy burying eggs in the hatcheries.  Despite having no volunteers, and a reduced budget, and despite the lockdown, we are hoping that we can beat last year’s record of number of eggs rescued and incubated at the Hawaii Hatchery. 

 

Our volunteer and vet training courses remain closed and most of our institutional donors have postponed planned giving.   We are in crisis mode, looking for alternative sources of income to pay staff and feed animals.  We have been focusing our efforts on on-line fundraising, especially GlobalGiving, and this has helped to fill in some of the gaps.  In addition to donating directly to our projects, GlobalGiving allows our supporters and ex-volunteers to create their own fundraising pages to invite their networks to support ARCAS’s wildlife conservation efforts, so if you can help in this way, let us know.  Celebrate your birthday, run a race, or start an employee competition — there are many ways you can help us through this crisis!

 

Now that we are a 501c3 non-profit organization in the US, we have joined AmazonSmile.  If you could help us by choosing ARCAS as your charity, we would appreciate it. Same products, same prices, same service.  AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to ARCAS at no extra cost to you. 

 

Also, you can help by becoming an ARCAS monthly donor.  You can do this via GlobalGiving, or through our Paypal account.  Recurring donors – even for small donations – are especially helpful as these are resources that we can count on from month-to-month to help us continue our work.   

 

Thanks very much for your support for our wildlife conservation activities in Guatemala, especially in these times of crisis.  Your donation helps us continue our efforts to save the wild ones of the earth.  Please let me know if you have any questions, and please come and visit us (when the pandemic is over of course). 

Hawaii meeting with all the precautions
Hawaii meeting with all the precautions
Last volunteers to leave during the pandemic
Last volunteers to leave during the pandemic
Armadillo ready for release
Armadillo ready for release
Torquise browed motmot
Torquise browed motmot

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Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association

Location: San Lucas - Guatemala
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Colum Muccio
San Lucas, Sacatepequez Guatemala

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