Peru's biggest domestic airline, Faucatt, makes only one international flight a week ... it carries?
Peru's biggest domestic airline, Faucatt, makes only one international flight a week ... it carries only monkey and tropical fish.
Each week about 250 monkeys are exported to America, and the trade is becoming a big money earner.
The export of ornamental and exotic fish is also being developed, and a private concern, which recently became a co-operative with its workers, gets about four thousand dollars worth of sales each fortnight on a steadily increasing basis.
One recent shipment included 126 thousand fish. The trade is now becoming so lucrative that local fishermen have begun to specialise in the types brought in.
Exporters pay an eleven per cent duty but in return the Peruvian Air Force often assist with animal surveys and airlifts.
SYNOPSIS: Monkeys and tropical fish are usually the sole passenger on a weekly flight from Iquitos in Peru to Miami. The flight is the only international trip made by Peru's biggest domestic airline, Faucett, but the journeys are clearly worthwhile because this specialised export trade is becoming big business. The monkeys are caught in the Amazon jungle during four day expeditions, then taken to this farm where they spend up to a week.
The exporters pack the animals into crates sprinkled with bananas, but some don't survive the trip. It's not known how many actually perish, but the experts insist that the monkeys aren't despatched if they're ill. Those that do arrive in Miami after a ten hour trip go straight into guarantine. On average about 250 monkeys leave Peru for Miami each week.
Exotic and ornamental fish are also becoming an important export from Peru. A private exporting firm recently established a co-operative with its workers and now sends out a shipment every two weeks. The first shipment left at the end of July and by mid-October each fortnightly sale was worth up to four thousand U.S. dollars. Fifty men work at the farm. Their last shipment included a hundred ant twenty-six thousand fish
The exporters of Peruvian animals pay an eleven per cent duty, but the government recognised the value of the trade and the Peruvian Airforce often helps with animal surveys and airlifts.
Local fishermen too are making use of the growing trade...till recently they simply took what fish they had to the exporters...but now they've begun to specialise and automatically grade their haul into species and best-selling lines.
Iquitos seems to have plenty of room for expanding its trade...aquatic plants, alligators, snakes and birds are also being sent out of the country, although the trade is small in comparison with the monkeys and fish.