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About the Institution
Located in the Amazon Jungle of Ecuador is our animal rescue and rehabilitation center where volunteers are working in a close partnership with an indigenous Quichuan community.
The program provides a unique opportunity to actively work in an animal rehabilitation program and to work with and help a Quichuan community of the Amazon. Its main goal is to rescue wild animals from unhealthy and illegal situations, which have been the victims of animal-trafficking or mistreatment. Volunteers will have the chance to work in collaboration with the Environmental Police (UPMA) and the Ministry of Environment.
Operating since 2006, the center has over 60 private hectares of primary Amazon forest where some of the animals can live freely. The other animals who do not roam freely enjoy behavioral enrichment while they are in rehabilitation and later are released in a proper National Park or suitable area for them. The most commonly trafficked groups of animals are primates, birds, and reptiles.
Description of the Center
This is a unique opportunity to actively work in an animal rehabilitation and release program and to work with and help a Quichuan community of the Amazon. Volunteers will also be working alongside and contributing to the indigenous community. There may also be opportunities to assist the children with school and other activities or help the families plant new crops. A proportion of volunteer fees are also put directly back into this community.
Keep In Mind
The number of volunteer programs in Ecuador dedicated to animals is extremely small, since most projects involve social activities. This opportunity is unique as you will be living in a communal area and your help will be invaluable. It is important that you are physically fit, enthusiastic and have a great love for animals.
Time: Minimum 2 weeks
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturdays: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Saturday Afternoon and Sunday: A great opportunity to travel around or relax as you have the day off.