The effects of climate change are being exhibited in full force in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Rivers and streams have overflowed to unprecedented levels -- floods rivaling this haven't been seen since the 1960s. Full subsets of Puerto Maldonado closest to waterways as well as many riverine communities are under water. Our fellow rescue centers in the region are inundated or stranded. The footage attached to this fundraiser simply cannot capture the force of the flooding and the destruction it is leaving behind.
At Hoja Nueva, we focused on moving our animals to higher ground when the floods first arrived, and did everything we could to temporarily repair the damage caused by the first flooding event so that animals like our peccaries couldn't escape their weakened enclosures. While we were focused on our animals the flood overtook one of our two boats, including our outboard motor, and the stream by our house rose, consuming our generator. The outboard motor on our second boat was partially inundated but was salvaged, however, it remains inoperable. We have been without movement for weeks, relying on friends and neighbors to bring us food shipments that sometimes do not arrive. We are struggling to feed our animals and ourselves. We need our own transport to move food shipments and the many materials we now require to rebuild several of our largest enclosures.
The effects of covid had already left us barely scraping by, and the wet season had made everything much worse. Now we have lost essential, expensive pieces of equipment that are vital to our survival and that of our animals. Over the next three weeks, we need to build enclosures for two new cats we hope to rescue, and rebuild two huge peccary enclosures, two coati enclosures, and two cat enclosures that have been taken out by the rains. In addition to the materials needed for animal enclosures, we urgently need to repair and replace our boat infrastructure, outboard motors, generator, and several bridges leading to/from the port on our property.
TO SUPPORT US AND OUR ANIMALS AT HOJA NUEVA, PLEASE DONATE TO THIS FUNDRAISER DIRECTLY.
We can't continue operating without your help.
All donations to this fundraiser for Hoja Nueva are tax-deductible for United States citizens. Please keep the EIN of Friends of Hoja Nueva in your records (47-4323459). You will receive an automatic donation receipt after donating! Thank you for your support.
These are difficult times for everyone here in Madre de Dios. If we reach our fundraising goal for Hoja Nueva, any remaining funds will be distributed to the other two wildlife rescue centers in the region who have been affected by the floods.
TO SUPPORT TARICAYA'S RESCUE CENTER, PLEASE DONATE HERE.
Taricaya's Rescue Center is located near the Madre de Dios River, and many of their enclosures have been inundated to a point that they had to evacuate their most at-risk animals to their office in Puerto Maldonado. They have temporary housing set up for their short eared dog, three night monkeys, emperor tamarin, 8 parakeets, 5 adult macaws, two baby macaws and their baby spider monkey. They currently need funds to build temporary enclosures for their larger animals that need to be evacuated, like their puma, ocelot, and three jaguarundis. Animal Defenders International has graciously provided them with funding to build three temporary enclosures for their andean bears that will be evacuated in the coming days.
TO SUPPORT AMAZON SHELTER, PLEASE DONATE HERE.
Amazon Shelter, another rescue center in our region, has thankfully been only minimally impacted by the flooding, however, they have been cut off from the city of Puerto Maldonado. Their only way to get food shipments is currently by boat, meaning that they're struggling to get food to their animals on a normal schedule.