Esperanza Verde is a conservation project in the Amazon basin of Peru, consisting of both wildlife rescue and rainforest protection.
Our aim is to work closely together with the local community, offering alternative sources of income, so that the forest can be managed in a sustainable way.
The projects now owns 180 hectares of rainforest, named ‘Selva Dormida’. With the help of the people of Bello Horizonte, the neighboring village, we hope to be able to protect a bigger area in the future.
In Peru many animal species fall victim to illegal hunting, either for meat or to be sold into the pet trade. Esperanza Verde rescue and rehabilitate animals that have been confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade. Where possible they release animals back into the wild, however sadly this is not possible in all cases. As a result they also provide permanent homes to animals deemed unfit for release.
Esperanza Verde was started by Olivia Conrads and Douwe Bakker in 2010. A few years later they became officially recognised as a Peruvian wildlife rescue centre. They are now home to around 200 animals, some resident, some awaiting release and others living in semi-captivity. These animals include woolly monkeys, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, tamarin monkeys, night monkeys, capuchins, sloths, kinkajous, and peccaries, as well as an array of birds and reptiles. In past year they have released over 400 animals back into the wild!