What we do.

Fauna Friends strives to stop the illegal trade of wild animals captured around the world with the intent to fulfill the demand for wild pets. To combat this devastating activity, Fauna Friends targets its efforts to reach American elementary schoolers, and their parents and teachers. Kooroo's World is the first of a series of educational materials that aims to educate our children along with encouraging and enhancing love and respect for wild animals.

What does Kooroo stand for?

Kooroo is a name inspired by a magical creature in the Brazilian folklore: Curupira. He is known as a forest dweller, as a king and protector of the animals. He also is said to help the people that are kind to the forest and animals. Kooroo is the mascot of the project, he will teach children about the trade of Amazonian wild animals.

What are wild animals?

Wild animals are those belonging to native, migratory, or any other species, whether aquatic or terrestrial, whose life is spent within a habitat with territorial limits.

What are exotic animals?
Exotic Animals are those whose geographical distribution does not include the original territory. Other exotic species are those introduced outside the habitat borderline and enter the habitat territory.

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What are domestic animals?

Domestic animals are those that have been tamed through handling and breeding methods, whose biological and behavioral characteristics are in strict dependence on men.

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Which animals of the Brazilian fauna can be legally sold?

All animals producing consumer goods (meat, leather, skin, feathers, etc.), or those kept as ornaments and pets could be legally sold after being authorized by the Brazilian surveillance agency (Ibama in this case).

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How to obtain this authorization?

You can obtain authorization through the animal’s legal and certified origin, through duly regulated and registered commercial breeding grounds. In the case of endangered species, trade can only be possible through the maintenance of considerable stocks of the species in captivity, which would guarantee the species’ self-sustainability through its 2nd generation. Neither female nor male breeders can be taken from nature to form stocks whatsoever. Specimens destined to the international market can only be traded through breeding grounds registered in Ibama or in Cites.

What are the criteria used by the Brazilian government to control animals sent abroad?

The criteria varies, but for commercial purposes, the animals shall come from registered breeding grounds. All animal exportation shall be justified, documented and have a license. In the case of endangered animals, Ibama requires to the foreign importer an agreement establishing that animals remain a property of the Brazilian government, as well as its descendants.

What should I do if I find someone selling a wild animal?

In case you find someone selling a wild animal, first, do not purchase the animal. You should verify with the seller or transporter, if there is a legal purchasing or selling document that authorizes the animal transportation and import. In case you’re in doubt, consult Cites’ local administrative authority or call out the authorities report the situation and provide as much information as possible (local, date, time, circumstance, etc).

What should I do if I meet someone who wants to buy a wild animal?

If you meet somebody who wants to buy a wild animal, take a moment and talk with him or her about their motivations. Let them know that wild pet adoption should never be an impulse buy. Ask them if they have researched the origin of the animal, its transportation, its conservation status, and legislation. Most people don’t know that owning an exotic pet demands a lot of work and may change their mind after the research.

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