Project Partner: Merazonia Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre
InterVol volunteers from the University of Birmingham have now been visiting Merazonia since 2007. Merazonia is a rescue centre for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals located on 250 acres of rainforest, in Mera, Ecuador. Animals confiscated by the Ministry of Environment and the police, are brought to the centre where the resident veterinarian gives them their first check-up in its clinic. Merazonia is one of a very small number of such centres in Ecuador and care for monkeys, kinkajous, cats, parrots and other mammals.
InterVol volunteers help to care for the animals, as well as continue to support the construction of enclosures and trails to improve the centre. The funding and time we provide allows the centre to develop and grow to meet the need for animal rehabilitition and rescue in the region. There is ongoing work on both rehabilitating and providing release programs for the animals, if animals are too injured or imprinted for release then they are given a chance to live as naturally and comfortably as possible.
Over the past eight years InterVol volunteers have worked on a range of projects at Merazonia including funding and constructing a range of new rehabilitation enclosures for rescued otters, oncillas and woolly monkeys. Many of these animals have now been successfully re-released into the rainforest.
Skills required: Knowledge and experience of conservation work.
Project duration: 4-6 weeks (negotiable).
NGO: Merazonia www.merazonia.org
Number of Volunteers: 4-6.
To view a PowerPoint slideshow about the 2013 Ecuador Wildlife Project, please click here. For the Ecuador project handbook, click here. You can also read about Natasha Naidoo’s experience as a Merazonia volunteer in 2014 by clicking here.
Watch this video from Merazonia on their approach and life as a volunteer with them:
Feature photo by Stewart MacLean.