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Wildlife animals care in Ecuador

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Come and help at a wildlife rescue center in Ecuador! Experience the Amazon and help us to protect the forest and its animals. Come and help us with the daily work of caring for the animals - feeding, cleaning, enrichments, and environmental education. Take advantage of unique opportunity to participate in our projects to reintroduce animals into their natural habitat. Work at Amazoonico is hard but very rewarding!

Volunteers help 5 days a week. Work is very hard but also extremely rewarding.

Our first concern is the animals. We have resident and temporary animals. All must be fed two times daily and their enclosures cleaned. The work can be hard especially when carrying whole banana trunks and other fruit which we buy for the animals from local people three times a week. All of the fruit and food needs to be carried from the river up to the bodega for the animals, and it can be physically challenging work.

Our main source of income is giving guided tours. You will be expected to guide tourists around, giving information about our projects and animals. In addition to the regular work it might be necessary to perform other duties like build enrichments, rake the center, collect fresh leaves for the animals, help with the new construction projects and maintain the center in general.

Financial resources of the center are limited, thus volunteers are asked to cover their food and lodging expenses.

Join us in the Ecuadorian rainforest and help us to protect the forest and its animals. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to participate in our project!

*We follow strict biosafety rules in regards to COVID-19

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About Amazoonico


Apartado 202, Tena, Napo 150150, EC

Mission Statement

We are a wildlife rescue centre located in the Amazon region of Ecuador. Our main objectives are reintroducing viable candidates to their natural habitat, providing the best possible conditions for animals staying permanently in the centre, and offering environmental education - with an emphasis in conservation- to those who visit the centre daily. Within 5 hectares, we care for more than 400 animals that can't be released back into the wild, and offer guided tours, focused on conservation, to more than 20.000 tourists every year. For those who can be released to their natural habitats, we rehabilitate them with barely human interaction and release them in one of the three release stations within Selva Viva, a 1750 hectares protected area just next to us.


Amazoonico is an NGO and wildlife rescue center located in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest that rehabilitates, reintroduces, and cares for wild animals who are victims of illegal trade. We have been created in 1993 by a Swiss-Quichua couple and out of 3500 animals that have been brought here since we were born, 1500 are already in their home. Amazoonico has now become one of the biggest animal rescue centers in Ecuador.



We'll work with your schedule.


Apartado 202Tena, Napo Ecuador



  • Veterinary
  • Environmental Education
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Fundraising
  • English


  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Minimum commitment of 4 weeks. Since it takes a few weeks to train our volunteers, we request that you be able to stay with us for a minimum of one month.
  • - Proficiency in English or Spanish. - Ability to perform strenuous activities in hot humid rainforest conditions. - Passion for forest/wildlife conservation. - Comfort working and communicating in a multicultural context.

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