Iquitos, Peru: Our first trip was to a Manatee Research Center, which is located 30 minutes outside of Iquitos. The center is fantastic and the staff is passionate about its conservation-education program, which was established to protect the endangered manatee, who is still hunted for its meat. The program was established in 2007 and manatees are brought in to be rehabilitated (often after being hit by boats) and then nursed to full health. We truly adored these gentle creatures and were able to feed them by hand, which was great fun for all of us!
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