Care of Rescued Wildlife

founded in 2007
Zoorefugio Tarqui
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Coordinator | Fanny
Coordinator | Fanny
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Immerse in the local culture of Ecuadorian people
Volunteer will learn about animals and how to take care them.
Hike to feed the animals
You will learn about our culture and also learn spanish
The oportunity to visit nice places in the Amazonia Ecuadorian
By volunteering at our Refuge you will have a once in a life time opportunity to work with our various big cats including Jaguars, Ocelots ,monkeys, parrots. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Our preservation work is achieved through 3 processes, education, recreation and research. In these 3 areas we cover key issues such as illegal trafficking of animals. We often receive animals that have been the victim of trafficking or similar illegal activities, upon receiving such individuals we try to rehabilitate and release them back into the wild when possible. However the sad fact is that this is not always possible so some individuals remain with us at our zoo, we endeavour to provide these animals with an environment as similar to their natural habitat as possible. It is our excellent work with such animals that has lead other rescue centres to send us animals they receive and cannot care for, as well as receiving many illegally kept animals seized by the Ministry of Environment.

Be a volunteer in our Refuge!! Located in the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin we are not only a refuge for orphaned and rescued animals for but we also help to preserve the Amazonian wildlife. By volunteering at our zoo you will have a once in a life time opportunity to work with our various big cats including Jaguars, Ocelots and our Puma family. As well as big cats we also have and offer you the opportunity to work closely with capuchin, spider and woolly monkeys, macaws, peccaries,  and tapirs as well as many more animals. 

Resources are SCARCE as we do not receive any funding from the government or any other organisation, so your contributions are vital to help us save the local wildlife and improve the life of our resident animals.

Project location

Zoorefugio Tarqui is located in the Amazon, in the small town of Tarqui. The city is calm and safe, and its people are friendly. It is surrounded by three indigenous communities.

Typical day

About volunteer work
Volunteers are asked to work 6 days a week and between the hours of 8:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00 just 6 hours a day.Usually it is monday to saturday.

  • A typical volunteer day begins at 7:30 am.
  •  First they prepare their own breakfast to start the day, then they walk to the nutrition area where they meet with the zookeeper and all the volunteers to prepare the different animal diets.
  • Feeding the animals from 8am -12pm, includes cutting fruits or vegetables, cleaning the enclosures, receiving food scraps.
  •   During the day the volunteers can carry out different activities such as painting, cleaning the trails, making some repairs, things that sometimes the volunteers are very skillful
  •  After lunch the volunteers have a break until 15:00 pm  where they end up feeding a few animals until 17:00 pm
  • Finally, the volunteers snack and rest at home for the next day.

Free-time activities

ZOOREFUGIO TARQUI organizes a full-day jungle tour in which it consists of visiting an indigenous community and carrying out different activities such as walking, visiting the viewpoint of Puyo, canoeing, visiting the cocoa farm, and observing giant fish called paiche.

Ecuador is beautiful and we want to show you all of its best parts. We have every type of landscapehere, from Jungle to snow topped glaciers, plains, mountains, caves and epic waterfalls.We encourage you to go out and explore our wonderful country on your days off and we can arrange where to go and how to get there to make everything easy and cheap for you. 

In the neighbouring tourist town of Baños there are many activities like bridge jumping, ziplining and canyoning. Baños lies at the foot of an active volcano and there are regular tours, when its not overly active that is, to see the lava from a safe distance.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You will learn here some skills.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Zoorefugio Tarqui
Volunteers are provided with:
  • 3 meals a day.
  • Housing with comfortable beds, private bathrooms and hot water all day.
  • Free access to Wi-Fi.
  • A swimming pool (clean and well maintained).
  • Various communal areas in which to sit and socialise during free time

The volunteers will stay in a volunteer house located near the zoo. It is made up of single rooms, double rooms, as well as private and shared bathrooms. Volunteers can also relax in the hammock in the common room. The accommodation is equipped with hot water, WiFi, electricity and a sink for washing clothes. Sheets and blankets are provided.

Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
About food

3 meals a day are included, Monday to Saturday. Sunday (full day) and Saturday (only evening) meals are not included. The midday and evening meals are prepared by a cook. Volunteers can prepare breakfast in the kitchen. In general, there is milk and fruit (pineapple bananas, passion fruit) according to taste. Drinks, ice cream and the like are not included in the participation fee, as are meals on holidays.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The starts date are monday to sunday.

We receive volunteers during all the year 

Volunteer's Arrival  are from monday to friday . 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
20 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$270 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Zoorefugio Tarqui will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Zoorefugio Tarqui during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Care of Rescued Wildlife

By volunteering at our Refuge you will have a once in a life time opportunity to work with our various big cats including Jaguars, Ocelots ,monkeys, parrots.


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