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Walking with jaguars: The Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi animal rescue centre

November 20, 2009
In many ways Jaguars are the most complete of all cats. It’s kinda sad that their numbers are shrinking in the wild over time.
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British volunteer Caroline Almond walks Katie the jaguar  through the Bolivian jungle


Deep in the heart of the Bolivian jungle an animal conservation worker walks
through the undergrowth with a wild jaguar

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Volunteers walk one of the puma sisters through the Bolivian jungle


The Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a unique animal rescue centre where
locals and volunteers help to rehabilitate animals, such as the puma seen
here, through direct contact

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Faustino, a howler monkey that was rescued from a life as a pet where he regularly drank alcohol and watched TV all day, snacks on fruit at Ambue Ari jungle reserve


Rescuing wild animals such as monkeys, birds, pumas, and jaguars

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Juan Carlos Antezana, founder of Inti Wara Yassi, wrestles with the jaguar known as Yaguarupi


Founded by Juan Carlos Antezana (seen here wrestling with a jaguar) in 1996

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Amira, who was rescued just a few months ago from a Middle Eastern family in Bolivia's Beni region suspected of links to organised crime

Amira was rescued just a few months ago

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Author Thayer Walker and Jaime, who brought Yaguarupi up as a cub, take the jaguar for a walk

Author Thayer Walker and Jaime, who brought Yaguarupi up as a cub

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Jaime, a Bolivian employee of Inti Wara Yassi, brought Yaguarupi up as a cub

Jaime, a Bolivian employee of Inti Wara Yassi, brought Yaguarupi up as a cub. “Rupi” is now nearly 300 lbs

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Yaguarupi eats raw meat at the Ambue Ari jungle reserve

Yaguarupi eats raw meat at the Ambue Ari jungle reserve

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British volunteer Caroline Almond and Pedro, a Chilean veterinarian,  take Katie the jaguar for a walk

British volunteer Caroline Almond and Pedro, a Chilean veterinarian, take Katie the jaguar for a walk

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Puma, one of three puma sisters at the Ambue Ari park, considers a swim in the river as a French volunteer beckons for her to join him

Puma, one of three puma sisters

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A French volunteer swims with a puma who would not go swimming alone, but dove in after him

A French volunteer swims with a puma

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Noemi, a Bolivian Quechua woman who runs Ambue Ari, hugs one of three puma sisters that she brought up as cubs

Noemi

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Amira the Jaguar licks the arm of a volunteer with her sandpaper-like tongue

Amira the Jaguar

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Amira the jaguar takes a swim at the Ambue Ari reserve

Amira the jaguar

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Morocha the spider monkey plays on the door to the mess hall

Morocha the spider monkey

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Tania Baltazar hugs the spider monkey Morocha

Tania “Nena” Baltazar hugs the spider monkey Morocha

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ash Vincent permalink
    November 5, 2012 7:55 am

    you guys are so cool, I want to do that when I am older.

    • Tiger Vincent permalink
      November 5, 2012 7:55 am

      you guys are so cool, I want to do that when I am older.

      • Ploopy Vincent permalink
        November 5, 2012 7:56 am

        you guys are so cool, I want to do that when I am older.

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