Botanical Garden
And Zoo

Ogarenda. Nursery.

Source: lanacion.com.py
By Arturo Peña


Ogarenda is a place where very small animals or newborns of all wild species, which for various reasons cannot be cared for by their mothers.

Adaptation: Many animals that cannot be integrated into their
groups are cared for, cared for, and pampered in this property.

Reproduction: It works to have the infrastructure necessary for the reproduction of some species in danger of extinction.

Education: Aware of the scope of the conservationist message, we work both in the training of HR, as in Educational Programs aimed at the visiting public of different ages and socio-cultural levels.

leaders featured on this project

Dra. Alicia Coppola

She graduated from the Universidad de la Plata, Argentina, she was the one who gave life to this project in 2002, starting the work from the base.

how this project

“I worked with Dr. Tuma at the zoo and already then there were many many animal seizures, there were many baby animals and they gave them to me. I fed the parrots with a syringe and I fed the monkeys with my hand, but there came a time when they began to grow and then the question arose: where do we put them? We needed a place for the second stage of growth. So, I presented the project in 2002, asked for a hectare and they sent me to where the old administration was, which was a tapas bar at the time. And I was sent here with a female jaguerete that was emblematic of Kuñataî, who was already an old woman, and with Coco, a blue parrot whose case was also very widespread because it was an endangered species. From there we start ”. Ogarenda cares, feeds and protects a constant average of about two hundred animals of various species. Birds like toucans, parrots, a white heron and recently a baby urutaû; monkeys, an anteater and a honey-eared bear, coatis, piglets, foxes, goats and a recently arrived baby bobcat; Baby jacarés and baby turtles are just some of the species that currently make up the Unit. The work areas that they develop are: nursery, that is, the place where very small or newborn animals of all wild species are received, which for various reasons cannot be cared for by their mothers; adaptation, when animals that cannot be integrated into their groups are cared for and cared for; reproduction, we work to have the necessary infrastructure for the reproduction of some endangered species, and education, we work both in the training of human resources and in educational programs aimed at the visiting public.

The project seeks at the same time to contribute to the conservation of populations of wild animals through the maintenance, breeding and reproduction of specimens in captivity, giving priority to native species in danger of extinction, promoting the formation of values ​​and attitudes in people to create responsible and participatory conservation awareness. Other young professionals work at Ogarenda who are also 100% involved in the life and reality of the institution. One of them is the veterinary doctor Agustina Johannsen. She commented that the tasks “start very early with cleaning, then we feed them, we prioritize the baby animals, then the larger ones.” She added that in university training (she is a graduate of UNA) they have a lack when it comes to knowledge of wild animals, and that this experience opened up a whole new fascinating universe for her. “Everything I know about wild animals, I learned here and I owe it to Dr. Alicia. We learn day by day, with each animal, many suddenly arrive and not just any food can be given. We did a lot of research, ”she said. Doctor Coppola has been conducting a detailed follow-up in this regard: “To this day I continue to write down each intake (of food, of each animal), that was the most difficult for me; I grab a notebook and write down each shot and take the average for the day and then take the average of how it grew. It is very exhausting and absorbing work, you have to like this. This is a labor of love ”. Coppola’s dream is to form teams to train animals to free them. “It is the last objective of this project, the one that is still pending,” she said.


A monkey without an arm, a heron without a wing, a wild cat found in a chicken coop … Many of the animals that make up the Breeding Unit have very particular stories that even touch those who work there very closely since in several cases, the young are taken to the homes of the team members for their care. “The bears are the stars, the anthill called Cariñosito and the honeydew Milito, who is in charge of fighting the kupi’i here at the Botanico,” said Dr. Coppola. Coppola also recalled that at one point he raised nine cougar cubs. “They had killed several females and the cubs remained. I raised them. They are the ones who are now in the new feline area of the zoo. They are all big, I can no longer identify who is who, ”he said. He recalled that Cariñosito was brought by firefighters from Villa Hayes. A car had run over her mother and the bear was hugging her corpse. “I put it in a basket and took it home and had it for 8 months. When he started breaking the baseboards, my husband said to me: don’t you think it’s time to take him back? ”He recalled with a laugh. She waited those months because that is the time when that kind of bear literally lives holding onto his mother. “That time he was at home attached to me, every time he gave him milk, I had him on my lap for about an hour because specialists told me that he had to have physical contact or he would die. Today he is big and he is very affectionate, ” she added.

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