Focus: Animal care and Conservation.
Sacha Yacu Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre aims to preserve the biodiversity of the rainforest by stopping and preventing environmental resource destruction. We aim to achieve this by rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals that are in direct danger of being captured illegally by poachers, being treated inhumanely, or being kept or killed illegally.
We also aim to educate both local and international communities on the importance of wildlife conservation through our effective, science-based research and rehabilitation programs, and by sharing our findings and knowledge with students worldwide via classes and internet media. Finally, we move to help the indigenous people find an alternative income in order to boost the local economy, and to avoid using the local non-renewable resources which exploit the environment.
Costs & Benefits
Volunteers work in groups: they are in charge of several animals during their stay, so they become specialists in the care of those animals, focused in their diet and observation of any strange behaviour or signs of illness.
We also run observation and enrichment projects where the volunteers are encouraged to spend a couple of days observing the behaviour of their chosen animals.
The volunteers will have the opportunity to build a toy or game for the animal and then to observe how it uses it and what benefits the animal.
Just as well, we do some work that may be more physically demanding, such as construction and reinforcement of enclosures, building paths, harvesting fruit, etc.
Pricing includes food, lodging and contribution towards foodstuffs, building materials for the development of the centre). Note that Sacha Yacu is a “not-for-profit” organisation and these fees are to ensure that the centre is able to achieve their objectives, and offer the rehabilitation and conservation programmes that the rescued wild animals need in order to survive. Each week is $125 USD per person.
Groups, friends, couples, families and individuals from all walks of life can volunteer. You must be 18 to volunteer, or be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian. No experience necessary, but biologists, veterinarians, animal experts, and carpenters are welcome!
km 35 vía el triunfo arajuno
Puyo Pastaza Ecuador
Tel: + 593 (0)981341672 or +593994699768
Location:Puyo Pastaza Ecuador
Average cost per day:$18
Focus: Animal care and Conservation
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old