A family started the wildlife refuge and it’s a privately funded sanctuary for rescued and confiscated wild animals. It is sometimes open to the public and school groups for tours, providing education about these species and their fate as illegal pets or trafficked animals, but their main goal is the protection of animal and plant life in the Amazon through the rescue and rehabilitation of flora and fauna.
Although a relatively new center, they are expanding rapidly and always working to improve the lives of the animals, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back out into the wild. Some of the animals there are: wooly monkeys, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, tortoises and turtles, crocodiles, parrots and macaws, pigs, and a variety of animals native to the Amazon jungle region of the country.
Project available year-round. 2 weeks to 6 months durations available.
2 weeks – $1360
1 month – $1830
2 months – $2770
3 months – $3710
Each extra week – $235
The project location is in the Amazon. Accomodation is at the volunteer house. 2 meals are included: breakfast and lunch.
Must be 18 and over, with valid passport and health insurance
Mondays to Fridays
7:30 to 8:00 breakfast
8:00 to 12:00 according to the number of volunteers they are divided in two groups where they do different activities such as feeding the animals and cleaning cages and center maintenance, repairs, reconstructions.
12:00 to 14:30 lunch time
14:30 to 17:00 continue working with the activities
18:30 to 19:00 dinner time
Role of the volunteer
The main tasks of volunteers are to assist with animal feeding and care, cleaning animal cages, park maintenance and making new paths, and construction of enclosures. Volunteers can also assist with tours for school students and other visitors to the park, either in their native language, or Spanish, depending on their ability.
Skills requiredProfessionals in the fields of veterinary science, biology, zoology or other related areas could assist the sanctuary’s coordinator with animal care and the more technical functions and of the center.
This internship is geared towards individuals with a desire to work with the preservation of ecosystems and fauna, enviromental education and willingness to learn and help.
Available during the length of the project (Either at the project or local homestay families with 2 meals included)
Transfer from Quito to project
Local cell phone is included with a refundable deposit of $50
Aiport pick-up/ drop-off
Ecua Explora staff ready to transport you
Support 24 hours
On the ground Ecua Explora staff available
First weekend accomodation
In a hostal in Quito with breakfast
(includes city tour and lunch)
Meals not specified
Transportation to/from the homestay to the project each day
Add $70 for day excursion upon arrival.
Add $50 per week for 6h Spanish classes if in Quito.