I am always reluctant to endorse an Animal Rescue Centers because many are counter-productive to the rehabilitation and release of exotic and endangered animals – unfortunately, these so called “Animal Rescue Centers” have become a profitable industry in South America, where wild animals are oftentimes kept like the livestock in a zoo to ensure a constant stream of paying visitors.
One animal rescue center in Ecuador that I can personally vouch for, however, having worked with them for a number of years is the Zanja Arajuno Animal Rescue Center run by the conservationalists Medardo and his wife Lucero.
There are already plenty of volunteer testimonies at the animal rescue center which you can read on this site. Its also worthwhile reading the post I wrote about “realistic expectations at the Animal Rescue Center” at Zanja Arajuno.
Price Per Person:
– $15 USD per day (if volunteers bring and cook there own food)
– $75 USD one week
– $125 USD two weeks
– $175 USD three weeks
– $225 USD per month
* kitchen facilities are provided in the center but an extra $15 per day is charged if food is included.
Volunteers normally spend their weekends in Puyo or Tena and other nearby Amazonian city’s. A $15 USD transport fee from Puyo bus terminal to the Animal Rescue Center in Medardos truck. Most volunteers pay the $15 fee to arrive but catch the bus back to Puyo ($3) for the weekend with other volunteers.
There is no Internet at the Animal Rescue Center but you can contact Medardo’s daughter Alejandra who handles bookings on their Facebook or website Animal Center Ceza, or by emailing centroecologicozanjarajuno(at)gmail.com using the contact form below:
Ecuadorecovolunteer.org first came online in 2007. It is one of Ecuador’s oldest and most trustworthy online directories for volunteers to connect with high quality volunteer programs in Ecuador’s Andes mountains and Amazon rainforest or on the Pacific Coast & Galapagos islands.
This website does not make any money. Volunteers are encouraged to talk directly with the organisations doing the amazing grassroots conservation and community work on the ground in Ecuador. Jake the Aussie behind Ecuador Eco Volunteer can be contact via twitter: twitter.com/chekhovdispatch