What are the objectives of your trip?
Today, in Bolivia, big cats are threatened with extinction . Firstly, because of human pressure on their habitat (massive deforestation and increasing urbanism) which endangers their existence. Nevertheless, intensive poaching remains the main cause of this disaster. Despite the fact that these animals are extremely protected by international conventions, in Bolivia hunting remains authorized, which leaves the door open to a significant illegal trade in products related to these animals. To give an example, a dead jaguar will bring in more than 10,000 €, knowing that the minimum wage is 270 € Bolivian ... This is why since 2014, drastic measures have been taken in Bolivia to stop this illegal trade. But the damage is done, the feline populations are precarious and close monitoring is necessary to maintain these emblematic species.
The Bolivian association Communidad Inti Wara Yassi < / b>benefits from care centers to accommodate injured animals. The objective is to treat them and ultimately to be able to reintroduce them into their natural environment.
In order to carry out my project, I would like to work as a volunteer within this organization during the rainy season, from October to December 2019, where volunteers are scarce due to difficult weather conditions. With my experiences as an animal handler I would like to help out with the care and attention that jaguars, pumas or ocelots may require.
My project is to get involved in the protection of felines who are victims of illegal traffic or have suffered the loss of habitat.< / p>
Today in Bolivia, felines are under the threat of extinction. At first, human pressure on their habitat (massive deforestation and increasing urbanism) jeopardizes their existence. However, intensive poaching remains the primary cause of this disaster. Despite the fact that these animals are extremely protected by international conventions, in Bolivia hunting remains allowed, which leaves open the door to an important illegal trade in products related to these animals. To give an idea a dead jaguar will yield more than € 10,000, knowing that the minimum wage is € 270 Bolivian ... That is why, since 2014, drastic measures have been taken in Bolivia to stop this illegal trade. But the damage is done, the big cats populations are precarious and close surveillance is necessary to maintain these iconic species.
The Bolivian association Communidad Inti Wara Yassi benefits from sanctuaries to care about injured animals. The objective is to take care for them and eventually to be able to reintroduce them into their natural environment.
In order to carry out my project, I would like to volunteer with this organization during the rain season, from October to December 2019, when volunteers are scarce due to the weather conditions. With my experiences as a zoo keeper I would like to bring my help for the care and attention that is required of jaguars, pumas or ocelots.
What's your motivation?
I stayed in Australia for two years, where I volunteered with the Save the Tasmanian Devil program and at the Uralla Sanctuary which looked after the wildlife of Western Australia. Back in France for a year and a half, I have not lost sight of my goal of working for animal protection . Passionate about felines, I would like to go to jaguar land, to meet this magnificent animal.
I will set up a Facebook page so you can follow my project. I will also dedicate it to sensitizing the general public on the fragility of these species and their environment. In addition, on my return, I would like to create an association to be able to continue my awareness-raising work.
I spent two years in Australia volunteering with the program "Save the Tasmanian Devil" and in the sanctuary Uralla who looked after western Australia wildlife. Back in France for a year and a half, I don’t lose sight of my objective to work for animal protection . Passionate about felines, I would like to go to jaguar's land, to meet this beautiful animal.
I will edit a facebook page so that you can follow my project. I will also dedicate it to public awareness about the fragility of these species and their environment. Also, when I come back, I would like to create an association to continue my work on sensitization.
How are you going to achieve them?
On site I will take care of the maintenance of the center and the care necessary for the felines. My tasks will consist of: cleaning the enclosures, preparing and distributing rations, participating in care. In exchange, I would have the chance to deepen my skills in the techniques of care and management in captivity of distressed wildlife. I would also like to participate in the implementation of various enrichments (games to stimulate natural behavior, hunting, track, etc ...) in order to improve their living conditions . P >
In situ I will take care of felines and the maintenance of the center . My missions will include: cleaning pens, preparing and delivering rations, participating in the animal's health care. In exchange I would have the chance to deepen my skills about the care’s technics and captive management of rescued wildlife. I would also like to participate in the establishment of different enrichments (games to simulate a natural behavior, hunting, track etc.) in order to improve their living conditions .
Who am I
Since I was little I have felt concerned by environmental issues and I have always had the will to get involved in solidarity projects.
I carried out my first project at 17 years with the mjc. We worked with the association of the village of Taddert, in Morocco, on the construction of a waste reception center (plan, estimate, permit, etc.). At the same time, we set up subsidy files. And we went to Taddert for three weeks to help with the construction.
I then devoted myself to my studies to become an animal healer. During which I did internships at the crocodile farm, falconry and at the Pal Zoo (mainly in the carnivorous sector). Once I graduated I worked, among other things, on the crocodile farm.
Then I went to Australia, where I worked on farms, ranches, etc. During this trip I volunteered with the "save the tasmanian devil" program, in a reproduction and rehabilitation center. I also helped take care of kangaroos, dingoes, wombats, cockatoos, at the Uralla care center, located in Western Australia.
I am passionate about wildlife.
What I am looking for through this trip
This experience will allow me to discuss and learn about keeping wildlife in captivity (which is not always easy), on care and rehabilitation techniques.
Since I will be working in a Bolivian organization I will be brought to discover this beautiful culture.
This project will also allow me to make a first contact with the world of felines for future projects.
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