amaZOOnico is a wildlife 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 centre are brought 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 behavioural 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 back into their natural habitat.

One of our current residents is a baby tapir named America. She arrived on July 4th last year, when the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador confiscated her from a car workshop in Coca. Her mother was killed for food and America was likely also being raised for her meat.

America, after a time with us, is ready to be reintroduced into the jungle to live a happy natural life. Your donations will be used to buy a GPS collar that will allow us to track her progress throughout the release process


How to get here

By Bus: In Tena, find one of the bus terminals ¨Jumandy¨ or ¨Centinela del Tena¨. Take a bus to ¨Puerto Barantilla¨($2.50/1.5h). Once you arrive at Puerto Barantilla, wait for a motor Canoe, and ask the driver to take you to Amazoonico. The frequency and cost of the canoe rides varies a lot. We do not offer any kind of transportation service.

By Car: From Tena, take the road to Ahuano. When you arrive at the junction of Ahuano, continue straight until Puerto Barantilla (45 min). Once you arrive at Puerto Barantilla, wait for a motor Canoe, and ask the driver to take you to Amazoonico. The frequency and cost of the canoe rides varies a lot. We do not offer any kind of transportation service.

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7am-4pm

If you are wondering how is it like to volunteer at amazoonico, watch this short video!