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Hampered by Lack of Resources, Peruvian Officials Struggle to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade – May 15, 2017

Illegal trade in plants and animals is pervasive in Peru

On first sight, as we wait by the river for a ferry, there appear to be only a few rickety stalls where banana chips and cans of soda are sold to Peruvian tourists waiting in their cars to cross. But as soon as the vendors have determined the coast is clear, the scene quickly changes: two snakes are pulled out of a frayed rucksack. Three monkeys are removed from a cardboard box beneath a counter. A child walks past the line of cars, showing off a woolly monkey. All of these animals are for sale.

baby monkeyPhoto by Eline van NesA baby Woolly monkey rescued… more

by: Jurriaan van Eerten

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The Road That Exposed Peru’s Amazon – February 24, 2017

A drive along the Interoceanic Highway shows how it has opened the rainforest to mining, agriculture, and deforestation

Driving out from Cusco, Peru, the Interoceanic Highway swirls a few hours over the Andes highlands before it plummets down into the jungle. The change in the surroundings is impressive: rocky hills with low-lying scrubs make way for lush vegetation and waterfalls along steep cliffs. In this green, pristine landscape, some farmers try to eke out a living on inclined farmlands, growing corn and cassava.

photo of Interoceanic HighwayPhoto by Connectas Americas The Interoceanic Highway, which connects the Atlantic coast of Brazil with the Pacific coast of Peru, has increased access to remote parts of Peru.

The next big landscape change… more

by: Jurriaan van Eerten

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