amaZOOnico Centro de Rescate de Animales Silvestres/amaZOOnico Wildlife Rescue Center

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About Us

amaZOOnico is an animal rescue centre located in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest that rehabilitates, reintroduces, and cares for animals who are victims of illegal trafficking.

All of the animals that arrive at the center are brought in by the Ministry of the Environment, the result of confiscations from people who have kept them as pets or intended to sell or trade them on the black market. Some animals arrive suffering from multiple physical and behavioral problems which make it impossible for them to live free in the forest. In those cases, we provide them with spacious and comfortable enclosures where they can live in the most natural conditions possible. In other cases, the animals arrive in good physical and mental condition and after passing through quarantine, various examinations, and a rehabilitation process, they can be successfully reintroduced into Selva Viva, our protected forest.

Our hope is to educate visitors about the illegal traffic in wild animals and to provide an excellent life for the animals who come through our doors, both as short-term and permanent residents. We promote the protection and appreciation of the rainforest and all those who live there.