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Executive producer: Ana Cristina Henríquez

The illegal traffic of wild animals is the third most profitable criminal business in the world after drugs and arms. Venezuela is well known for the large quantity of its fauna extracted from natural habitats to satisfy the illicit demand, both internal and external. The fragmentation of natural habitats, coupled with indiscriminate hunting, could conceivably, bring some species to the point of extinction.

It is estimated, that yearly, two to five million birds are traded on the international market to satisfy the demand for pets in homes, zoos and laboratories, a large percentage of which originate from the Venezuelan countryside. Worldwide, 30,000 primates are commercialized, close to 3 million reptiles and some 600 million ornamental fish, not including the large proportion of animals that die on their way to the marketplace.

The rate of extraction seems to explain why some species, like the small parrot, named Cotorra Margariteña (Amazona Barbadensis), is disappearing from its natural habitat, it is estimated that in fact, there are only two hundred examples left.

No conservation project can be successful, unless it involves the neighboring communities in the protection and restoration of the natural habitat. The international public needs to understand the importance of putting a stop to the inhumane and illegal traffic of wild animals, by refusing to acquire them as pets, thereby causing irrevocable harm to the animals and the species in general.

To return an animal to its original habitat, when it has been snatched from the wild, is not an easy task. Many have been captured as babies and do not know how to feed themselves and others have lived amongst humans for so long they have forgotten basic survival mechanisms.

To teach an animal how to obtain food, how to perch and fly satisfactorily, to recover their fur and feathers, to protect themselves from predators, to vocalize and mix harmoniously with their peers are some of the tasks to rescue hundreds of specimens whose behavior has been changed.

A journey of awareness for those who call themselves travelers.

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