The fight to save endangered animals from smuggling

(10 Oct 2018) LEADIN :
A conference is taking place in the London this week (11 October) to look at ways to better protect the world’s most iconic species from wildlife trafficking.
Passionate conservationists and volunteers in Latin America are battling to save some of the region’s most endangered animals from organised crime.
Red macaws, sloths and howler monkeys are just three of the species found in this wildlife rescue centre near the city of Puerto Maldonado, in Peru’s southern Amazon region, bordering Brazil and Bolivia
Many of the animals here have been rescued from the wildife trade, which is considered to be organised crime.
It is estimated that the global wildlife trafficking market is worth up to $23 billion.
Local people and foreign volunteers help care for the sixty animals that reside here.
Volunteer Camille Bourgeois is from Canada: “I think animal traffic is really sad, I think is really awful, I think animal should be free, they should be in the same area, their vegetation, their forest.”
The shelter is the passion of its owner Magaly Salinas, who has devoted her to life to rescuing animals for traffickers, rehabilitating them and releasing them back into the jungle. The centre receives no government funding and survives on private donations.
“It’s terrible that people do not understand that they have to care for animals, because they are animals in danger of extinction and trafficking of animals hurts Peru as a country,” says Salinas.
Recently 300 frogs were rescued in the country’s capital Lima.
The frogs are, telmatobius culeus species, a water frog from remote Lake Titicaca that is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Some people believe that juice made from these amphibians has medicinal properties and aphrodisiac.
Entire frogs are the main ingredient in a juice blend some people in Peru and Bolivia believe can cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive.
There is no scientific evidence confirming any medicinal benefits from frog juice.
However between 2012 to 2017 a total of 12,077 frogs have been taken from Lake Titicaca, according to official figures from the Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR).
Jessica Galvez, the head of the National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR), says that Peru is working with other countries in the region to combat wildlife trafficking.
“Peru is committed 100 percent against illegal animal trafficking, not only at a national level, international as well, we have agreements with our neighboring countries like Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, With Brazil we are working as well. We want to work not only with our surrounding countries, but also countries that are final destination for these animals, Asian countries, Europe, first world countries,” she says.
According to SERFOR in 2017, 7641 live animals were rescued from the wildlife trade and 2757 dead or stuffed animals were seized across Peru.
Meanwhile in Colombia another animal reserve is also busy caring for endangered animals that have been rescued from illegal trafficking.
El Bio Parque La Reserva is located north of Colombia’s capital, Bogota.
Ivan Lozano, director of Biopark Reserve, says that small animals are at risk of population loss due to trafficking.  
“Spiders, frogs, reptiles and some invertebrates – these are animals which are losing a lot of individuals every year because this trafficking moves hundreds and thousands every time it exports.”

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“Goodpasture had the answer in hand when he examined the nest and saw the thousands of mites. Both rodents and birds that reuse their nests have a chronic problem of mite buildup that can be fatal to the young. Both scavenger and parasitic mites can rapidly increase in the warm nest in a short time. And as the nest is gradually increased over time, more mite survive over the unused time. Mites will develop on organic materials available from both adult and young feces, bits of food, nesting material that may include adult saliva used as an adhesive and young chicks. Mites are too small for the adults to see or remove even if they did. Towards the end of the video it appears that the male was viewing the remaining chick as it was swarming with mites,trying to figure out what was occurring. Naked chicks and rodents are fair game for rapidly developing mite populations. Keep in mind why there are bird baths and why adult birds dust themselves on the ground: removal of mites and other ectoparasites.
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