Samantha Zwicker is the founder and co-director of Hoja Nueva, a conservation organization and rehabilitation center in the Las Piedras region of the Peruvian Amazon. Hoja Nueva's mission is to protect the land, rescue and rewild animals, conduct ecological research, and empower and educate local communities on conservation efforts. They work with the Peruvian government to coordinate rescues of animals seized from traffickers and have nearly 60 animals in their care. Their ultimate goal is to reintroduce animals to the wild to stabilize and fortify their populations. Hoja Nueva also wants to get government protection for Las Piedras and expand operations to northern Peru, an animal trafficking hotspot.
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