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Sanctuary and rescue for poached wildlife

Esperanza Verde is an emerging conservation project in the Peruvian jungle that aims to actively work against the black market trade in wildlife and to manifest local conservation and animal welfare. In 2010, two Dutch animal managers started the promising project with the purchase of 58 hectares of jungle - the "Selva dormida" - which are now used to reintroduce wild animals in an environment that is as untouched and protected as possible. Unfortunately, reintroduction is not possible in every case, which is why a larger infrastructure is needed to care for the animals on site. In spring 2016, the jungle clinic financed by the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation was put into operation in the Esperanza Verde project: Here, professionals from the Esperanza Verde organization take care of the rearing and veterinary care of orphaned young animals from poached wildlife and animals that have been confiscated by authorities (from animal smuggling activities) or have come to the station injured by other means.

This jungle clinic became a SUST Orphan Animal Hospital in December 2016: during hospitalization, the Susy Utzinger Foundation (SUST) covers the veterinary costs, finances medications, surgeries, therapies, food and professional care for the animals. After the animals have left the hospital in good health, it is decided on the basis of years of experience and adapted observation steps whether, when and how the animals will be returned to the wild. This is usually not an easy process, as the animals have 'forgotten' how to behave in the wild due to the long absence. Close contact with humans and targeting them can also be problematic. The protected area, which has now grown to 180 hectares, plays an important role for the animals to slowly get used to the 'new' environment or in becoming the new home for them right away.


Sloth severely injured in animal orphan hospital Peru

July 2023

Since yesterday there is a new intensive care patient at the Orphan Animal Hospital Peru:
A two-fingered female sloth with severe burns.
This is a typical case: the arboreal mammals climb from a branch and reach into a power line. High-grade burns to the face and limbs are then often compounded by injuries sustained during the fall from a great height.
Sam Reiter, a veterinarian at the Orphan Animal Hospital, immediately provided intensive care for the new patient. After a thorough examination, wounds were treated, IV, painkillers and other medications were administered, and the sloth was fed some liquid diet.
The whole team of the hospital is working together day and night to save the little one and we keep our fingers crossed that we can save her....
Sloth severely injured in animal orphan hospital Peru
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