Animal Rescue Centre Guayabillas
Focus: Animal care, Conservation.
The Guayabillas Animal Rescue Centre is located on a hill overlooking downtown Ibarra in northern Ecuador. It is the only animal rescue centre in the northern highlands of Ecuador.
Over 900 animals have lived at the centre since its founding in January, 2005. Most animals are brought to the centre after they are found being traded illegally, and most have been released back into the jungle. Permanent residents include 2 lions, 3 Galapagos tortoises, a variety of monkeys, lory parrots, and several sloths.
The mission of the rescue centre is not only to rehabilitate and release the animals, but also to educate people about the importance of conservation and not having wild animals as pets. Schools will often attend the centre and receive presentations about the importance of saving endangered species. We have also opened a wildlife museum to educate schoolchildren on the importance of environmental protection and wildlife rescue.
Costs & Benefits
Guayabillas hosts volunteers from around the world who wish to work with the animals, including some rare and endangered species, and help us educate people about the importance of conservation.
The principal activities of the volunteers are cleaning the cages and feeding and caring for the animals, including nursing orphaned or wounded animals.
They can also help us with ongoing projects, such as building new cages or coming on trips to the Amazon to release animals back to the wild.
The typical work week would be from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm with a long lunch break, but the days can be shorter or longer depending on the work that needs to be done.
The cost per week is $150 or $500 per month. Half of this money is used for the day-to-day running of the centre (mostly food for animals) and the other half covers your meals and accommodation. There is also a one-time $50 administrative fee which goes towards the cost of the office and the website.
Some Spanish best, but not required – if not, English is spoken here. Volunteers should be in a good physical condition and over 18 years old.
Animal Rescue Centre: Bosque Protector Guayabillas, Ibarra, Ecuador
Office: Calle Grijalva 8 – 14 y Sánchez y Cifuentes, Ibarra, Ecuador
Tel: 00593 608865
Location: Ibarra, Ecuador
Average cost per day: $18
Skills needed: Over 18 years old, some Spanish would be useful