Antoine in Bolivia

Antoine M. is a junior studying world languages. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is spending the summer volunteering with Parque Ambue Ari, a wildlife center in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Leaving Ambue Ari

The past two months at Ambue Ari have gone by unbelievably fast. It seems like just yesterday that I arrived in the park, and listened in awe as people casually talked about walking their pumas or jaguars in the middle of the jungle. I can’t believe how quickly I took part in those conversations without realizing how crazy and amazing the work we were doing really was. I had the opportunity to help Wayra move from a small cage into an enclosure that felt more like a small jungle surrounded by some fencing. Me, with Wayra in her new cage. Having lived her entire life in the same place, we had no idea how she would react in [...]

2017-12-20T15:07:35+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Antoine in Bolivia|

Wayra and Carlos

I’ve been in the park for four weeks now, and I’ve decided to extend my stay by another three weeks. The work we do here is simply unbelievable, and I do not want to leave. I have been working with a female puma named Wayra in the mornings, and a male puma named Carlos in the afternoons. I will be working with these two pumas for the duration of my stay. Wayra the Puma Over time we develop a relationship built on trust, something that can take weeks with certain animals. Constant change of volunteers would be too stressful for them. Carlos the Puma Every morning I wake up at 6:30, prepare my breakfast and walk [...]

2017-12-20T15:07:46+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Antoine in Bolivia|

Stuck in Santa Cruz

Antoine M. is a junior studying world languages. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is spending the summer volunteering with Parque Ambue Ari, a wildlife center in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

2017-12-20T15:08:54+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Antoine in Bolivia|