Animals rescued from trafficking released in Colombia (VIDEO)

Around 160 animals were released back into lagoons and forests on Tuesday in Colombia’s Casanare province. The animals were rescued from wildlife traffickers.

Anteaters, turtles, macaws, a toucan, a leopard and an anaconda were released into the wild after being nurtured back to health by veterinarians from environmental authority Corporinoquia.

”We help conserve, preserve and mitigate the damage we as human beings have caused to the environment or the habitat,” Doris Bernal, director of Corporinoquia, said.

“We help these species, which have been illegally caught, to return to their natural habitat to conserve and preserve ecosystems,” she added. Last year, Corporinoquia released more than 1,200 animals back into the wild.

Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and is home to some 10% of the world’s flora and fauna.

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