PANAMA'S FIRST WILDLIFE RESCUE MANUAL
The APPC offers talks and educational presentations to people of all ages, with the mission of promoting awareness of wildlife conservation. These experiences allow people to learn more about our wildlife rescue program, to meet our animal ambassadors, and to learn more about the threats that Panama's wildlife is currently facing.
The APPC was on-call 24/7 during the initial removal of forest areas for the Panama Canal expansion. Between 2006 and 2010, the APPC was responsible for the rescue and relocation of over 1,500 wild animals, including hundreds of sloths, crocodiles, caimans and birds into national parks and protected areas.
Together, we can secure the futures of Panama's most unique species and prevent their extinction
The APPC has been working in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment in the Watershed of “Rio Grande”, which is located in one of the country's most biodiverse areas. The purpose of this is to protect and improve the genetic diversity of the forest through serious conservation efforts. It incorporates training of park rangers in wildlife management; the evaluation and monitoring of ecosystems; and environmental education with an emphasis on threatened species and the issue of habitat fragmentation.
APPC rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured and and orphaned animals, providing long-term care for those who need it. Through education, the APPC promotes environmental awareness and the community’s role in protecting wildlife.
Through the rescue and release of wild animals, we hope to increase the genetic diversity of populations that are vulnerable, endangered or facing extinction.
We produced this manual in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, and with the help of financial support from the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Found. The manual aims to provide practical information about the rescue, transportation and first aid of orphaned, disoriented, sick or injured wild animals to rehabilitation centres, and to promote the preservation of threatened species.
In 2005, the Panamanian government (Ministry of Environment & Ecological Police) joined forces with APPC to take collaborative action to protect and sustainably manage the country's rich biodiversity. They have committed to promote the protection of the genetic diversity through effective actions that will lead to sustainability.
The APPC visits schools across the country, delivering talks on the importance of preserving and protecting local wildlife. Special Sloth Sanctuary tours are also organized for school pupils throughout the year.
The APPC has rescued, rehabilitated and released more than 5,000 wild animals over the course of its 14-year history.
We provide specialist care and veterinary treatment to animals, with the main objective of returning them to the forest.