The next day, February 20, 2016, we took a relatively brief boat ride from Casa del Suizo along the Rio Napo to the nearby Rio Arajuno. Our destination this morning was the AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Center. This wonderful rescue center was created to “receive, treat, rehabilitate, and reintroduce wild animals that had been confiscated from the illegal trade.” Those that cannot be returned to the wild have found a permanent home.
And some just don’t want to leave. The grey-winged trumpeter bird is a very gregarious creature, easily socialized and exceedingly friendly. So, not only did we have a human guide, we also had Trumpy to keep us company throughout our visit. Trumpy appears to believe that he’s a guide, and it’s quite charming to watch him herd us along, hopping up and down steps, winding along the muddy pathways, and interacting with the animals along the way.
I’ll tell you a rather fun and interesting Trumpy tale on Wednesday. For now, let’s look at some of the rescues we met: