27 May 2020
Wildlife Trafficking and Health Coordinator Peru, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Angélica Yovana Murillo Vega is wildlife veterinarian from Lima, Peru. She has more than 10 years of experience and knowledge on wildlife trafficking in Peru, obtained through training and working experience. Her experience began in 2006 and includes working in a rescue center in the Amazon where she took care of confiscated wild animals from the illegal trade. In 2012, she joined WCS as a wildlife veterinarian staff as a part of the Peru’s Wildlife Health and Policy Program, where she collaborated on field activities evaluating the presence of pathogens in relation to trafficking. Then she was part of another project BIOCAN (funded by the Andean Community supported by the Finland government) where she provided technical assistance to national authorities in charge of control and surveillance from different countries, to design the first materials for identification and management of confiscated wild animals. Based on these experience she assumed more responsibilities and in 2014 she started coordinating for WCS a project funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that successfully resulted in the construction of the National Strategy to combat Wildlife Trafficking in Peru, where she lead governmental meetings with more than 17 governmental institution with the responsibility in control and supervision of illegal wildlife trade. Since October 2015 Murillo has assumed the leadership of the traffic and wildlife health initiative of WCS in Peru, where she coordinates two other projects related to wildlife trafficking, one aimed to scaling up enforcement capacity and cooperation to combat wildlife trafficking networks in Latin America supported by INL and another project supported by USFWS to establishing the foundations and strengthening capacities in the Peruvian government for reducing wildlife trafficking in border areas with activities in the border zone of Peru and Ecuador. Currently, she is the Wildlife Trafficking and Health initiative coordinator for WCS Peru.
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