News from Ambue Ari - Mayo 2017

Goodbye Sama

Today with heavy hearts and great sadness we say goodbye to Sama; the first jaguar that joined the Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi Family.

Those who had the honour of working with him knew how important it was to build a relationship based on trust, which required a lot of love, time and patience. Sama was cautious, sensitive and complicated yet assertive. He always displayed his emotions vocally, and with time you would learn to read him by the noises he’d make and the movements of his body, from which you could tell whether he wanted to play, run, sleep or just relax in your company. He especially loved it when his volunteers would talk, sing and read aloud to him.

Sama under his log

Sama arrived in CCFS Machia in 1997. Hunters had killed his mother and he was sold to a family who had had him as a pet for 2 years. As Sama grew, the family began to worry and they wanted to sell him to a circus. Luckily, the authorities intervened and confiscated him. After many years living at CCFS Machia, in 2006 he was moved to CCFS Ambue Ari, where thanks to the support of volunteers, a larger enclosure had been built for him. As he got older he started to have develop health problems: arthritis, which was controlled by medication and also dental problems. Even though he had received medication for this, fistulas formed in his canines which did not improve and he needed the intervention of a specialist to repair them. This year it was necessary to operate again to prevent future infections and repair new lesions in his damaged teeth.

Due to medical complications, he was unable to recover from the anaesthetic and passed peacefully in his sleep. The necropsy showed he also had a tumor on his right lung. Over the 18 years with us Sama was given the best care and an immeasurable amount of love. His loss causes an inconsolable sadness. However, his memory will last forever as we continue our hard work in educating society, raising awareness and of course by rescuing and protecting Bolivia’s abused and abandoned wildlife.



Leo's Management Cage

We are so pleased and proud to announce that the management cage for our puma (Puma concolor), Leoncio (Leo), was completed in April. The management cage has been a new and ambitious design for us, but is a big step forward from our previous designs. Leo now has an extra space that is 6m x 4m and 4-5m high!!! The addition of Leo's management cage improves his quality of life in many ways. His new double doors are now a cemented step that will never be flooded in our wet seasons, the height of the cage means we have been able to build three spacious platforms - two of which are 4m off the ground, giving him a place to sun himself and a place to feel secure when wild animals come near. He has cat walks connecting the platforms and one platform is almost like a loft bed for him! It goes without saying Leo is enjoying his new area.

During the fundraising process we were able to have some new designs made and printed onto tank tops and canvas bags. The sale of this merchandise now means that we have an angel grinder and welding machine in Ambue Ari. This will greatly help us reduce costs on further constructions. The added money the merchandise has bought in also sees us with a surplus! All the remaining funds will be used towards providing bigger and better housing for some of Ambue Ari's smaller animals.

Leo's Management cage

This project could not have been completed without the help and support from so many people- this truly was a community effort. Firstly we would like to thank Karen Daley (since 2006) and Jonathan Billaud (since 2014, who have been working with Leo. Without their collaboration in fundraising this project would have stayed a dream. We would like to thank Oso and Vero for their expertise in designing the management cage. To Jaime and Sampsa Hyvönen who spent a couple weeks welding in the sun. To everyone who donated financially- big or small- we say thank you, as well as to all the volunteers, staff and our Quest Overseas groups who carried every grain of sand, rocks, and many rolls of fencing and metal posts out there.

Leo's Management cage


Bruna (Alouatta Sara) arrived at Ambue Ari with this expression. She got rescued by our team from Jacj Cuisi in Rurrenabaque a few weeks ago. A family kept Bruna as a pet for more than a year. This is why she doesn’t even know how to be a monkey, not to mention her scabies due to sharing her home with dogs for so long. Continuing with the CIWY spirit, the team in Jacj Cuisi explained the family that the monkey shouldn’t be kept as a pet and they handed her over voluntarily.

She is currently going through observation in her quarantine period while we assess her suitability to join our current group here. We hope we will be able to give her the life in the trees that is her birthright.

Welcome to the jungle Bruna.



Working as a Vet at Ambue Ari

The veterinarian work at the Wildlife Centers is not only to cure diseases but also to prevent them. In our daily work, we try to guarantee an optimal level of nutrition, monitoring the diets exhaustively and supplementing when necessary.

On the one hand, we implement diet tables for each specie, adjusting the quantities and varieties according to the age of the animals. In the process of making these diets, we use several nutritional programs, which allow us to calculate each diet, with the necessary nutrients in proportion and quantity. This is not an easy task, since we can’t normally guarantee a great variety of fruits, vegetables and meat, due to changes in availability depending on the season of the year and the resources we have.

On the other hand, the supplementation of the animals is a basic foundation in these type of centers. We have to remember that we are dealing with animals that have been rescued from illegal trade. Most of the time they have been separated from their mothers before the end of lactation, and they have been fed incorrectly for a long time, and /or intentionally mistreated. When malnutrition is accompanied by traumas with which they arrive at our centers, they make their immune system very weak and that is why they become sick very easily of both metabolic and infectious diseases.

Thanks to the donations we receive from volunteers and different organizations, we can guarantee a good quality supplementation. We make these supplements biweekly, once a month and we use multivitamins, omegas (like cod liver oil or ground flax), which are very good natural anti-inflammatories; as well as different chondroprotectors, since many of our animals are old and have many problems like arthrosis and calcium deficiency. Finally, one of the supplements that we have implemented in recent years is turmeric, that is
 activated by bioperine (pepper component). Many studies have shown that it is a potent anti-cancer and a natural anti-inflammatory. Since we started using it, our animals are very stable.





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