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Peru is one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world.

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The Amazon´s richness at the ecosystem and biodiversity level is being significantly affected, mainly by the reduction and fragmentation of natural habitats. Also, activities such as hunting or climate change exacerbate this situation.

Conserving biodiversity maintains the balance of ecosystems, at the same time, ensures the resources they provide us. Wildlife plays fundamental roles in the ecosystems in which it inhabits, such as the Andean bear and the mountain tapir contribute to the natural regeneration of the forest, the river dolphin is itself an indicator of river connectivity in the Amazon, and the presence of jaguars allows the recognition of healthy ecosystems.

 
 

Did you know...

that Peru is home to the largest feline in America and the only bear in South America? Both animals are cataloged umbrella species, which means that by conserving them we protect a lot of species, and ensure the ecosystem's health.

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What is WWF doing?

WWF Peru promotes sustainable livelihoods, where people live in harmony with nature. The wildlife program focuses its efforts on the conservation of terrestrial species such as the jaguar, mountain tapir and the Andean bear. Also freshwater species such as the river dolphin and manatee and marine species such as turtles and cetaceans. Our main strategies are focused on the articulation of efforts at the local and regional level for the species monitoring , the study of their main threats, and the promotion of mechanisms for their mitigation.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Get involved and learn about our protected species. Start with the jaguar king that is the largest feline in America.

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We work for a sustainable future driven by a society that is aware and responsible for its relationship with the conservation of biodiversity.

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