‘Human Safaris’ Spread, Threaten Indigenous Mashco-Piro in Peru
LONDON, U.K. -- Peru’s uncontacted Mashco-Piro indigenous tribe is facing the very real threat of being exploited by ‘human safaris’, according to British newspaper The Observer.
Photo: Uncontacted Mashco Piro Indians have been seen in the area on several occasions. © G. Galli/uncontactedtribes.org
Survival released detailed
photos of the tribe, to draw attention to the importance of protecting them
from unwanted contact.
live in Peru’s Manú National Park, which is extremely popular with tourists,
and sightings of the tribe have increased in the last year.
Illegal logging and
nearby oil and gas projects are forcing them out of the forest and closer to
the riverbanks, where they are more visible to passing boats.
Observer says the Mashco-Piro could fall victim to yet another threat – ‘human
safaris’; a scandal first
exposed by Survival in India’s Andaman Islands in 2010.
investigation by The
Observer suggests that some unscrupulous tour-guides working in Manú Park
are trying to profit from sightings of the tribe.
has evidence that some companies are offering tourists ‘tailor-made programmes’
where they are ‘lucky’ enough to see ‘uncontacted natives’.
findings bear a disturbing resemblance to the ‘human safari’ scandal on the
Andaman Islands. However, organizations in Peru are acting quickly to prevent
such a situation.
Photo: The Mashco-Piro are being forced out of their forest by illegal logging and oil and gas exploration. © D. Cortijo/www.uncontactedtribes.org
authorities and indigenous organization Fenamad
are urging local residents to stay away from the tribe, and are setting up a guard post
to prevent intruders from making unwanted contact.
also working closely together to ensure illegal loggers are caught and the
tribe’s land protected.
Stephen Corry said today, ‘Of course not all tour operators are pursuing
‘human safaris’, and it’s reassuring to read that some acknowledge the dangers
for both tourists and the Mashco-Piro of large numbers of people entering this
area. But the unscrupulous operators really need to be exposed, as encouraging
tourists to ‘view’ the Mashco-Piro is extremely irresponsible, and potentially
Published by: Magne Ove Varsi