Care of Rescued Wildlife Care of Rescued Wildlife Puyo, Ecuador Zoorefugio Tarqui
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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Project Details

Zoorefugio Tarqui's mission is to preserve the wild species of the Ecuadorian rainforest, which are today threatened by human activity.

“Don't be an accomplice of illegal wildlife trade, don't purchace animals, don't treat them like your pet, don't violate their natural habit. Your house is not their home even though you can help them.” - Hernán Orellana, 2012

Mission:Our mission is to preserve wildlife in the rainforest of Ecuador, which is threatened today by anthropogenic activities. For this purpose, we provide specialized care for the welfare of the animal, by promoting scientific research and offering a message of environmental awareness to general public.

Vision:Our vision is to gather information on behavor, nutrition, and reproduction when necessary, with that object of compiling such information in a database. This information could be accessed by people or organizations to help wild animal care or reserch.

Values:Because this is the center where we all work carefully with wild species, we must take into account the responsibility, identity, communication, honesty, solidarity, compassion and respect, in order to continue with the daily struggles we face for animal's welfare and conservation of biodiversity in Ecuador.

Our Goals:

  • To receive, Rehabilitate and Release wild animals when they need it, in case they are rescued from the illegal Wildlife smuggling or in some adverse situations.
  • To conserve wildlife in the Ecuator's Amazon
  • To safeguard wildlife and reintroduce them into their natural habitat when we can.
  • To conduct scientifically viable research.
  • To educate and sensitize the general public, doing tours and talks about environmental education.
  • To increase awareness of Ecuador's threatened biodiversity and its importance and value in the field of wildlife conservation.
We handle a variety of species distributed in:
  • Mammals : Primates, Felinos, Prociónidos, Artiodáctilos, Perisodáctilos, Roedores, Mustélidos
  • Birds : Psitácidas, Rapaces
  • Reptiles : Alligators, Tortugas, Serpientes

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Fanny Bonilla
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

This center is mainly engaged in animal welfare, environmental education, the process of awareness on illegal wildlife trafficking, research and conservation of wild life. Most species here are brought by the MAE (Ministry of Environment) and the Environmental Police for rehabilitation after having been rescued or confiscated from traffickers or people who threaten their habitats.Those animals can also be transferred to other rescue centers or be released to their habitat.
Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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