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15th and 16th August 2015

Third animal welfare campaign in Leticia

During 2 days another animal welfare campaign was conducted in the city of Leticia during which 89 domestic animals were sterilized. The event was conducted by Entropika, medical veterinaries Lina Pelaez Cortes, Carolina Briceño Veloza and Tamara Bonilla Riveros, the Tanimboca Natural Reserve, together with the logistical support of the Amacayacú National Park and the National Police. So far, we have dewormed and vaccinated 269 animals and have sterilized 230.

Pictures of the campaign can be seen here.

14th August 2015

Workshop on governmental experiences in animal protection legislation

Entropika, with the support of the Municipal Administration of Leticia, through the Secretary of Competitiveness, Environment and Tourism led by Dr. Zonia Marín Galeano, and Fundación FATA, organized a workshop on governmental experiences in animal protection legislation to provide the Board of Animal Defence of Leticia with the tools necessary for the formulation of a public policy that will promote animal welfare at municipal level and the construction of a rescue centre for dogs and cats. The workshop was given by Alejandro Gaviria Henao, lawyer in animal protection legislation of the Municipal Administration of Medellín. The Board for Animal Defence is currently composed of the Municipal Administration of Leticia, the Municipal Attorney, Corpoamazonía (regional environmental authority), Fundación Pro Vida Animal, the Collective for Animal Defence, Fundación Entropika and the National Police, who search for ways to improve animal welfare.

Click here to see the news on the website of the Municipal Administration of Leticia.

More pictures of our animal welfare campaign can be seen here.

8th August 2015

Cleaning day in La Esperanza neighbourhood, Leticia

Together with the help of the Municipal Administration of Leticia, the Environmental Police, the Army, Fundación FATA, Fundación Amazonas Sin Límites, the local school of Pacho Vela and Corpoamazonía, Entropika organized a cleaning day in La Esperanza, marginal neighbourhood in Leticia. People living in the neighbourhood were invited by the students of Pacho Vela to bring their recyclable (plastic, cardboards, paper, etc.) and non-recyclable waste (organics and others) to two recollection points. The recyclable waste was then transported by the Environmental Police to the recycling plant of Fundación Amazonas Sin Límites, and the non-recyclable was transported by the Municipal Administration to the city’s sanitary landfill. Fundación FATA and the Army were in charge of cleaning the main park and roads of the neighbourhood. The president of the Communal Action Board and Corpoamazonía socialized the new timetable of waste recollection in Leticia; responsibility which will be taken over by the Municipal Administration of Leticia on the 28th of August 2015.

Click here to see the news on the website of the Municipal Administration of Leticia.

More pictures of our waste management campaign can be found here.

23rd July 2015

Entropika's primate census database published on the GBIF website

Entropika’s dataset of visual detections of primates was developed to provide long-term and reliable census records of the occurrence of primates at the Colombian – Peruvian Amazonian border. This study provided baseline information on the primate community at 11 sampling sites exposed to different levels of hunting (low, medium and high hunting pressure) and under different protection categories (protected area, indigenous land, private reserve, state reserve and forest without any protection). These data provide crucial information for the implementation of conservations strategies. The dataset is composed out of 1,623 visual detections of 11 primate species (5 families, 10 genera) collected between March 2005 and May 2015 over 761 days of effective diurnal and nocturnal census fieldwork. It is currently the most complete census dataset of primates in the Colombian – Peruvian Amazonian border, making it an invaluable resource for research in the area.

The dataset is freely available in English and its metadata in Spanish from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility website.

6-14th June 2015

Second animal welfare campaign in Leticia

During 4 days another animal welfare campaign was conducted in the city of Leticia during which 94 domestic animals (the majority being stray dogs and cats) were sterilized and 113 dewormed and vaccinated. The event was conducted by Fundación Entropika and medical veterinary Carolina Briceño Veloza with the logistical support of the Amacayacú National Park.

Pictures of the campaign can be seen here.

5-8th June 2015

First National Animalist Congress in Risaralda, Colombia

Event during which animal defenders from different regions of the country shared organizational experiences, socialized national animal protection proposals and created solidarity alliances. The congress was organized by the Mayor of Dosquebras, Fundación Protectora de Animales de Dosquebradas, Vidanimal, Paramatma, Ecovida and Amor Animal. There, Angela socialized the use of monkeys in malaria research in Colombia and the progress of popular action.

Press release for the State Council of Colombia drafted during the event.

More information and pictures here.

1-5th December 2014

III Colombian Symposium of Primatology

Within the framework of the IV Colombian Congress of Zoology in Cartagena, the Asociación Primatológica Colombiana, Fundación Proyecto Tití and Fundación Entropika, advanced the discussion group: "Primatology in Colombia: Achievements, Challenges and New Directions" with the participation of Dr. Russell Mittermeier and Colombian primatologists. Among the conclusions and progresses, a working group was established to advance a plan of action that defines strategies for the conservation of Colombian primates.

More information and pictures here.

30th October 2014

A minga for water

Short documentary on the construction of a raft used for providing clean water to the indigenous Tikuna community of San Martín de Amacayacú, Amazonas, Colombia. This initiative was done by the Foundations Entropika and Ancla together with the collaboration of the community during 4 days of "minga", a communitarian work method which is part of the cultural tradition of indigenous groups of the Amazon.

More information on the project can be found here and pictures of the construction of the filters can be found here.

30th July 2014

Freeze-dried yellow chilli in the shops of the Wingham Wildlife Park

In an attempt to reduce pressure on natural resources Entropika and the Wingham Wildlife Park, Kent, UK, are looking for sustainable economic alternatives that might help to replace the income obtained by local people from the trade of wildlife. In November 2013, Entropika won a public benefit law suit (popular action) using night monkeys as flagship species that were live caught for the malaria research market. Currently, trapping permits were revoked by the highest Colombian Court. Although this represents a milestone ruling that improves ecosystems conservation in the Colombian Amazon, many indigenous families that were trapping the monkeys have lost this income. Entropika, with the support of the Wingham Wildlife Park, are looking for ways to commercialise the freeze-dried yellow chilli pepper, a high quality and completely organic product. If together we can guarantee the long term commercialization of the yellow-chilli, we will involve the families of ex-collectors of night monkeys in this project and guarantee an alternative income for them.

The chilli can be bought online from the Wingham Wildlife Park's website here.

21st July 2014

The Aotus Project in Yale Environment 360

Primate Rights vs Research - Battle in Colombian Rainforest:

"A Colombian conservationist has been locked in a contentious legal fight against a leading researcher who uses wild monkeys in his search for a malaria vaccine. A recent court decision that banned the practice is seen as a victory in efforts to restrict the use of monkeys in medical research." by Chris Kraul.

Click here to read the full article.

More info on the Aotus Project can be found here.

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