Sloths, manatee, other wildlife rescued from Amazon tourism trade
Authorities have rescued 22 wild animals illegally being used as tourist photo props in a Peruvian town on the Amazon river.
It’s a happy ending for 22 wild Amazonian animals who were rescued last week from illegal captivity in Puerto Alegría, Peru, a tiny jungle town on the Amazon river. Peruvian law enforcement confiscated animals including three sloths, a manatee, and a porcupine that town residents kept as a draw for tour boats.
The rescue disrupts Puerto Alegría’s conveyor-belt system of deadly wildlife tourism, an illegal but lucrative trade in this impoverished area. A regular stream of tour boats brings dozens of visitors each day to the community to take photos with animals that have been snatched from the jungle. In the off-hours, some residents keep the animals in their homes or in cages under their houses, replacing them with other animals