REGUA becomes haven for rescued wildlife

The reputation of REGUA as a safe place for wildlife is spreading within the local community. When faced with a caiman in a drainage ditch on a building site in the town of Cachoeiras de Macacu, instead of shooting the unfortunate creature the site manager called the Fire Brigade who called the Três Picos Park office, who trapped it and brought it to REGUA for release. The wetlands already have over 30 Broad-snouted Caiman that have arrived by themselves without help, but there is always room for a few more.

A few days later a Brown-throated Sloth was found beside the main road heading away from the forest towards some houses. With some difficulty the sloth was loaded into a sack and driven to the reserve where it was released in the lodge garden. Over the course of the next hour before dusk this sloth posed for numerous photographs, but by the next morning had disappeared into the forest.

Broad-snouted Caiman <em>Caiman latirostris </em> (&copy; Alan Martin)
Broad-snouted Caiman Caiman latirostris (© Alan Martin)
Brown-throated Sloth <em>Bradypus variegatus</em> (&copy; Alan Martin)
Brown-throated Sloth Bradypus variegatus (© Alan Martin)