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This is a rainforest habitat, wildlife, and cultural conservation project located in Ecuador, South America, through the US nonprofit organization Earthways, and the Ecuador nonprofit organization Kumanii. The actual volunteer work would be done in Ecuador on site.
The mission of the Kumanii Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is to recover the vitality of the forest and its ancestral communities by healing and replenishing their fauna, with special attention to species that are locally and globally threatened.
The Earthways-Kumanii Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center is located in the Chocó Rainforest Region of north west Ecuador, part of the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena biodiversity hotspot. This wildlife rescue center is part of a larger effort, The Chocó Rainforest Protection Project, through partnership of the Ecuador based nonprofit Kumanii Foundation and the US based nonprofit Earthways.The wildlife center has the following components:
1) Rescue and rehabilitation of native wild animals that are injured, ill, orphaned, or have been taken inappropriately into captivity;
2) Return of rehabilitated animals to the wild in safe areas where they will not be hunted;
3) Environmental education in the local Chachi and Afro-Ecuadorian communities about wildlife and the need to preserve their habitat;
4) Projects that provide sustainable, environmentally friendly income and alternatives to hunting locally or globally threatened species.