In 2014 the Wildlife Land Trust welcomed the first sanctuary in Peru to the international network - the Jesson family's spectacular 1,800 hectare Jessonia, detailed below.
Loreto, Peru: Jessonia - Leilani and Jazmin Jesson
Jazmin and Leilani Jesson are the owners of Jessonia, a property located approximately 60km northeast of Iquitos. The property is a dedicated nature reserve and wildlife sanctuary also used for wildlife rehabilitation and educational purposes. It is Jazmin and Leilani's intent to rebuild a lodge on the property and undertake biodiversity surveys, seeking to better understand the riches of their inheritance and secure the Natural Reserve for future generations in the wake of rising regional threats such as hydro electricity generation, palm oil plantations and timber extraction. It is Jazmin and Leilani's ultimate intention to provide a wildlife education centre for people to visit, and where local children can be empowered to protect their customs and lands.
The property totals approximately 1,800 hectares of a private Island and adjoining property on the confluence of the Rio Shishita and Rio Amazonas (the Amazon River). Biological research currently being undertaken in the Loreto region has discovered a zone so unique that it is known as the 'Quadruple Richness Centre' in recognition of four groups; amphibians, birds, mammals, and vascular plants that reach their maximum diversity within the Western Hemisphere. In addition to this extraordinary example of biological wealth, many parts of the region sustain globally threatened species that are disappearing from more disturbed Neotropical forests.
Wildlife species known to inhabit the sanctuary include giant ants (Dinoponera spp.), tarantulas (Theraphosidae spp.), pink river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis), and a range of other species typical to the Loreto region such as black-mantled tamarins (Saguinus nigricollis) and hoatzins (Opisthocomus hoazin). The planned biodiversity survey is set to greatly expand this list.