What We Do at ARCAS: Wildlife Trafficking Enforcement
AWARENESS RAISING and ENFORCEMENT
Wildlife Trafficking Enforcement
Although it emphasizes the importance of environmental education, ARCAS also recognizes the need to enforce existing national and international laws and works together with its governmental counterparts the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) and the Guatemalan green police (DIPRONA) to strengthen the enforcement of wildlife laws in Guatemala, offering training courses, supporting anti-trafficking patrols and carrying out awareness-raising campaigns. These wildlife trafficking enforcement activities have been supported by the Humane Society International, USAID and the US State Department.
Although we can received confiscated animals at any time of the year, the wildlife trafficking season in Guatemala is March -July, which is the beginning of the rainy season and also the breeding season for most of the animals of the Peten region. During this season, we can receive 20 – 80 animals per week, usually brought to us in battered cardboard boxes, 90% being the result of confiscations by police or customs officials at roadblocks or in local markets. Close to 80% of the animals received at the rescue center are parrots and 90% are juveniles. Here is an inventory of animals received by ARCAS in 2009. Please note that this inventory includes animals received also in Guatemala City (most of which are then transferred to Peten) and Hawaii. Animal inventories for other years are available in our annual reports in the publications section.
Animals Received by ARCAS in 2009 at Peten, Guatemala City & Hawaii
Animals Received by ARCAS in 2009 Full List. Click Here .
799 animals, between mammals, birds and reptiles were received by ARCAS in 2009. Volunteers can help us keep these animals well cared for as we attempt to save their lives, rehabilitate them and give them a better quality of life.
The sea turtle nesting season in Hawaii on the Pacific coast is July-December, with peaks in August and September, and volunteers are always welcomed to come take part in nightly patrols, the collection of research data and the release of hatchlings on the beach. Confiscated iguanas, crocodiles and parrots are also received at the Hawaii Park.
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Last Updated on Friday, 27 April 2012 18:24