If you are planning a family vacation in the jungle here you have an excellent option. The city of Iquitos is incredible and inside is CREA, a place that children will never forget and that will leave a mark on their lives forever.
CREA is not simply a center for manatees, it is an example to follow. This incredible organization was formed thanks to the conviction and hard work of a group of young people determined to solve amazon rainforest destruction.
They are convinced that environmental education through children is the solution to raise awareness about the importance of caring for and protecting the environment.
The construction of the Amazon Rescue Center is a recent work, as it is known that this emerged as a project in 2011, despite the recent date, the Amazon rescue program began to take shape in mid-2007, and Its main objective was the recovery and rehabilitation of the manatee offspring that had been orphaned as a result of the indiscriminate hunting of adult manatees, species valued for their meat.
The issue of manatees as a species that needed to be protected and rescued from the horrible fighter that was being given to it arose from the danger of extinction in which it was and still today this species is found, since not only adult manatees they suffer from the inappropriate behaviors of men, but also the offspring that are indiscriminately marketed.
The hard work of this organization has led to the rescue of at least 17 Manatee pups, which have been rehabilitated and, to a large extent, returned to their original habitat. In addition to having as a point of interest the rescue, rehabilitation and release of the Manatee, the Amazonian Rescue Center also watches over the welfare of other species such as the red huapo, the pink dolphin, and many other endangered species.
The visits to this rescue center not only allow the traveler to be informed about the work being done by the CREA team, but also allows the latter to interact with the species that the CREA presents in its rehabilitation areas; this interaction gives the traveler the possibility to observe the feeding processes of baby manatees, and in certain opportunities to witness the process of preparation for the release of rehabilitated animals.
In addition to the conservation of species, the Amazon Rescue Center is responsible for raising awareness in the population so that it desists from the indiscriminate hunting of Amazonian species, so that among its activities are also the holding of educational talks, as well as the realization of different workshops that encourage, especially, the smallest, an awareness about the conservation and respect of the species that populate the Amazon.
The contact with nature is fundamental. With the objective of sensitizing the Amazonian populations about the conservation of manatees, CREA designed differents ways to save the amazon rainforest called 'Games with Nature' where "children learn through play".
CREA designed an amazon protection program called EducaRed, whose playful and participative dynamics, has managed until this moment that more than ninety thousand children of Loreto are instructed on how can we protect the amazon rainforest and to generate awareness for the protection of the different threatened animals. "The children go and tell their parents that it is important to take care of the Amazon Rainforest, and this is like a positive circle," says Cristian Velez, head of the project.
As part of this methodology, children play throughout the morning and, at the end, they go to the manatee area to feed them and get to know them better. The goal is that "this experience, which you have had for just one day, remember it for a lifetime."
The Amazon Rescue Center Iquitos is located at Km 4.5 of the highway - Iquitos Nauta, southwest of the city of Iquitos. From the Plaza de Armas, you must take bus service (urban bus), paying less than US $ 1. You can also arrive by motorcycle taxi, the average ticket is US $ 3.The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Visits to the Amazon Rescue Center of Iquitos not only allow the traveler to report on the work being done by the CREA Iquitos team, but also allows the latter to interact with the species that the Amazon Rescue Center of Iquitos presents in its rehabilitation areas; this interaction gives the traveler the possibility to observe the feeding processes of baby manatees, and in certain opportunities to witness the process of preparation for the release of rehabilitated animals.
During the rescue participate Acobia, the Regional Directorate of Production and the Ecological Police. The Dallas World Aquarium (USA) donates milk bags for the young manatees.