Logo of ARCAS GuatemalaHow does one sustain a baby Tamandua during the rehabilitation for release process? Read the ARCASAnnual Report (2011) to find out how the local and multinational wildlife conservation volunteers established a suitably well-balanced and palatable diet for this very appealing creature and were able to wean it onto its natural food of termites!

ARCAS in Guatemala is rescuing and rehabilitating creatures such as this baby Tamandua that are confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade. The work benefits from volunteers and donations large and small.

ARCAS Annual Report 2011

The effort to save this one creature is exemplary of the conservation group’s tenacity and resourcefulness in fighting the good fight for biodiversity conservation on the front-line in the Republic of Guatemala (Central America). The list of species rescued speaks volumes about the wide range of wildlife that is being intercepted by the authorities and that then requires quarantine and then release back into the wild.

This latest report further confirms the importance of ARCAS’ conservation efforts in rehabilitating wildlife confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade (the bulk of it within the Peten region) and with their hatcheries for sea turtles endangered by commercial egg-collecting, and their environmental education programmes all framed within the cruel context of rising operating costs in a period of reduced donations and in the face of tropical storms and erupting volcanoes.

Though a small part of the report, the group’s work with promotion of fuel efficient stoves (70% reduction in fuel wood consumption for the users) is interesting and also valuable in helping to preserve more of the important native forest habitat from being destroyed and in freeing up the people from the chore of collecting so much wood.

If you would like to help, please see ARCAS website for the various practical ways that we can assist from sponsoring a nest of turtle eggs to volunteering.

Keep up the good work ARCAS!