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La Senda Verde is prone to flooding from time to time due to its proximity to the Coroico river. Due to climate change and increased logging and irresponsible mining upriver, flash flooding is becoming more frequent. This year in October, during the dry season, a flood occurred that changed the course of the river and caused it to enter the animal refuge's premises, destroying the Tapir's enclosure and temporarily disabling the main entrance bridge. It's not the first time we've suffered from floods, it's happened before and we've had to build protective barriers. The river behaviour looks like it will get worse and thus the time has come to prepare for it and construct better barriers that will prevent the river from doing further damages.
The search for funds to alleviate October's emergency has already begun by need, and we still have no estimate of how much the total cost of a defensive project will be. We are in the process of bringing a hydraulic engineer to develop the project for us. Meanwhile we are forced to pay expensive excavator fees to fix what the river has destroyed and make temporary barriers to ensure the river won't enter the refuge again.
Solidarity from local supporters in face of the emergency has been outstanding. This new flipcause campaign is now available to raise funds for the flood relief project. As soon as we have the final estimate this page will be updated, meanwhile we appreciate your support to relieve us in face of the emergency.