Support the operation and conservation efforts of the Azuay animal shelter

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP




Long-Term (6 months-1 year)




The animal shelter/zoo is located in the Province of Azuay and it has about 600 animals. We are looking for volunteers who have interest and motivation to learn about the various animals and plants, and good will to help the animals and the staff.

The animal shelter has ocelots, penguins, blue footed boobies, tapir, buffalo, deer, ostriches, yamalas (small deer) cuchuchos, variety of birds, alligators, peacocks, turtles. etc. Initially there were just 5 deer and a capuchin monkey, but the number of animals increased as people donated wild animals they used to keep in their homes. The shelter only receives donated animals; it never buys animals as the sale or purchase of wild animals is prohibited in Ecuador.

The project activities will be coordinated by the staff of the zoo. The volunteers will be involved in the work of the different departments: Education; Animal and plant management; Research and conservation; Maintenance and construction.

Special requirements: Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Duration of the project: The program is running all year round. Minimum time for volunteering is 3 weeks, up to 12 weeks.

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in local host families.

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