We are a non-profit organization working to preserve and protect at-risk animal species in the Peruvian Amazon. Our haven is located in Alto Shilcayo & Tamushal (1.5 km on foot from the city of Tarapoto, San Martín - Peru) within the Regional Preservation Area of Cordillera Escalera. Fathered by Orlando Zagazeta, we are a diverse community including monkeys, wild pigs, snakes, turtles, foxes, alligators, birds, bats and others. Click here to meet the current family!
CERELIAS Association was founded in 2006 however Orlando has dedicated himself to animal care for the last 11 years. Many have been trafficked for illegal sale in local markets, neglected by their owners after reaching maturity and/or falling ill, displaced by deforestation, or orphaned by hunters. Orlando currently manages the center from his home, but we are soon moving to Munichis Eco Park, a 20 minute walk from the town of Munichis. There we will have 44 hectares of land dedicated to preserve endangered flora and fauna, with the hopes of further growth. We hope CERELIAS will serve as a model for similar projects in the Amazon region and other natural habitats within Peru.