MAIKUCHIGA FOUNDATION

HISTORY OF MONKEYS, AND THE HOUSE OF ANIMALS.

MAIKUCHIGA MEANS, History of Monkeys, IN THE TIKUNA LANGUAGE

Its main mission is to contribute to the conservation of Amazonian biodiversity.

In 2003, the indigenous communities that comprise the basin of the Matamata creek made the decision not to continue to hunt endangered species of animals, including explicitly large primates. It was the basis from which the idea of ​​the house of animals was born.

MOCAGUA, CORPOAMAZONIA and the AMACAYACU NATURAL PARK and the Maikuchiga Foundation joined forces since 2005 in a plan to take good care of, rehabilitate and release confiscated animals, especially primates and birds, and when appropriate, reintegrate them into wild populations. The special challenge of this program is to link these specific cases of humanitarian emergency to the general and important topics of biological conservation, education and research.
 

The general objectives of Maikuchiga are to discourage the commercialization of wildlife, to manage a task whose function is the reception, care, rehabilitation and, when appropriate, release of animals that have been damaged or confiscated by government authorities, develop programs and materials for education regional environmental, develop programs and interpretive materials of the Amazonian biodiversity, contribute to participatory participation based on traditional and scientific knowledge, contribute to the training of people from regional communities, contribute to the development of community processes that promote fair, sustainable management and concerted natural resources, contribute to the integration of fine arts and cultural and biological conservation, manage relationships with all those natural, national or foreign juridical persons, who in accordance with the objectives of the Foundation, can provide advisory, collaboration and support and make agreements with public and private entities, national or foreign.


PARTNERS AND FACTORS OF MAIKUCHIGA

MAIKUCHIGA, was founded on September 12, 2006 by Sara Bennett, Leoncio Sánchez and Jhon  Vázquez, current General Director, a little later Saúl Mendoza.


For more than 10 years, Maikuchiga has achieved community work with a large part of the population of Mocagua, initially in conservation practices and later in the provision of ecotourism services in the area.
This has been achieved because a conservation program for monkeys was proposed, as they were threatened species, as an economic alternative based on the processes, the hunting of them, guaranteeing a sustainable well-being for the whole community.
Due to his career and work, Maikuchiga becomes a precedent for entrepreneurship, being the first to attract tourism to the community, which was previously very scarce, improving the quality of life of the inhabitants, as well as a pioneer community in conservation processes. unique in the area.


... The community that protects its Fauna and flora for the future. Vásquez J 2018.