Rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in the Ecuadorian rain forest to offer the animals a good life quality in their natural habitat.
About the Program
We are always looking for motivated volunteers who would love to help animals at the center. It would be a pleasure to welcome you. The project is located in Puyo, on 1 hectare of the forest and we welcome injured & orphaned animals, mostly monkeys. We have around 150 animals with seven species of monkeys, coatis, parrots, turtles, ocelots, wild rodents and pigs and the first serpentarium of the province for the rescue of snakes.
The shelter “El Paseo de los Monos” works as a center of adoption: orphans are placed into familiar groups according to the specie. The objective is to move the troops of monkeys to a terrain of virgin forest near the Sangay National Park with the corresponding preceding investigations and studies made by scientists.
After years of searching, we’ve found a land free from hunters: Agua Santa, is a small town located at the boundaries with the National Park Sangay. The schedule is as follows:
This center will be designed to receive all kinds of animals living in zoos and scattered centers or other wild animal centers.
At the moment you arrive, we will give a welcoming and introduction of the animals, the parks (since the animals are not kept in cages but in big parks of native forest) and show you the functioning of the house. We will provide you with all the working tools needed for the different tasks and you will be able to train with the working staff in order to accomplish your tasks. Further, we will introduce you to our rules and regulations towards animal interactions. Security for the volunteers, working staff and animals is the most important to us as we are working with wild animals. No volunteer will be allowed to enter alone into a park that contains a group of animals and in case it is needed, volunteers will always be accompanied by one of the coordinators.
Once your are settled in you will be working for six days a week, from 8 am -12 pm and from 2 pm - 5 pm. Please be aware that all volunteers must be always on time, because the animals are waiting for their food. Each volunteer has one day off per week, which are arrange at the beginning of the week to ensure that every day enough volunteers are working. If there are not enough people to cover all the tasks, the person has the obligation to change the date. Because we want all volunteers to experience every task at the project, you will be rotating between cooking, washing plates and cleaning the facilities
Working with the animals:
A typical day in "Paseo de los Monos"
The food for the animals is bought from local people and volunteers are responsible for bringing all the different fruits to the bodega (the room where the food is prepared). This can involve carrying whole bushels of bananas, big boxes of papaya, and other items that are relatively heavy.
There are bunk beds and they are located in the main house inside the project.
The program includes three meals and we cater to vegetarians.