Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi - Parque Machía Wildlife Center
Parque Machía, located at the beginning of the Amazon rain forest is a rescue and rehabilitation center for wildlife animals saved from poaching and illegal trade in Bolivia. Some of the animals, that were able to be rehabilitated - live completely freely inside the park, some live in semi-free conditions and others, that couldn't be rehabilitated to be return to their natural habitat live in enclosures. Visitors are welcome to explore parts of the parks, and volunteering options are also available.
Visitors are welcome to come and explore part of the park. CIWY is only in charge of the care of the animals and is not responsible for the touristic side of the park (this is the responsibility of the local council). However, visitors are informed about CIWY’s work and the importance of respecting wildlife.
Visitors are welcome in the park from 9:30am until 4:30pm, every day except Mondays and rainy days.
There is an entrance fee of Bs. 2 to 6, which the town of Villa Tunari collects and which does not go towards funding CIWY’s work.
For more information please get in contact with the Villa Tunari council (alcaldia)
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More than 350 animals of different species live within the centre, including endangered species like spider monkeys (Ateles chamek), an Andean bear (Termarctos ornatus), the military macaw (Ara Militares) and others. The Centre specializes in the care of capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella), spider monkeys (Ateles chamek), coatis (Nasua nasua) and many bird species.
The animals are cared for by full-time veterinarians, permanent animal keeper staff, as well as national and international volunteers. Their diet is carefully worked out according to their specific nutritional needs and they are provided with environmental enrichment to keep them engaged and happy. Furthermore, if possible, they are taken out of their enclosures for exercise and a chance to explore their environment.
You're also welcome to check out te 2 other wildlife centers in Bolivia founded by the CIWY:
Parque Ambue Ari
Parque Jacj Cuisi
Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) organization:
For more than 20 years CIWY has has been working for the benfit of wildlife rescued from illegal trafficking, giving disadvantaged youth a sense of purpose through involvement with wildlife care, and educating the Bolivian public to respect wildlife.
During this time, CIWY has also dedicated its efforts towards battling wildlife trafficking, conserving wild flora and fauna, as well as rescuing animals which have been victims of mistreatment and illegal trading. In recent years, CIWY has focussed on rehabilitation and care of wild animals rescued from trafficking, from homes where they were kept as pets, from zoos and circuses, or affected by the destruction of their natural habitat.
As Bolivia’s leading organization in wildlife rights and care, we hope to make drastic changes in our country’s view of wild animals and make strides in ending a cruel trade that removes them from their natural homes.