Three stories come together in this week’s news post, all three of them very important issues. The first one is the weather. We had published last month that a very severe cold front had struck suddenly and had killed three parrots at the refuge. Well the weather has continued to be bad, this time it has caused intense snowfall in the mountains and the mountain pass, which has caused the road to be closed and death road bikes have not been able to cross the mountain pass, affecting us with reduced flux of visitors and decreased resources.
The second news, is about two schools that have gotten involved with La Senda Verde and have raised money for Ajayu’s project. One is the Utasawa school of Coroico, and the other is San Ignacio School. In the images you can appreciate the artwork done by the kids at the Utasawa School, who gathered 1,000BS for Ajayu’s project. San Ignacio gathered 1,128BS.
Finally, the government of the La Paz department has brought in 7 river turtles, one of them arrived dead. We simply have no more space for turtles, the situation is critical, and it is best described with the following story. Just as the Coroico environmental director was visiting La Senda Verde along with the director of the local radio, they stumbled on a turtle in the middle of the parking lot. A very rare thing since turtles really don’t escape their enclosure. Turns out some unscrupulous people had left the turtle in a plastic bag hanging in the parking lot. She had probably been there for at least three days without food, water and under the sun. When we found her, she was pale and dehydrated and was immediately seen by the vets.
We can’t ever understate the importance of your support to La Senda Verde which helps us face this critical situation with wildlife trafficking and wild pet ownership. We are ever thankful for your support.