Adopt an Animal



In amaZOOnico Wildlife Rescue Centre we believe in second chances for our rescued animals. Often the wild animals we receive arrive here in very poor condition and require a lot of extra care, sometimes including special diets and costly medical treatments. While we try to do everything in our power to rehabilitate them, unfortunately some of them are too sick or injured or too humanized to be released into the wild again.

To give them the best chance of freedom or the most peaceful and comfortable life in captivity as possible, we need YOUR help. By adopting one of our animals, you can give them a second chance and we will keep you updated regularly about your chosen animal.

Kakerlaka - The Coati

Our little baby Kakerlaka arrived in July 2022. He was only 4 months old when the Ministry of Environment brought him to us. Sadly, his mother was killed and they found him alone. Coatis usually stay with their parents until at least the age of 6 months, which is why he would most likely not have survived on his own.

However with your help, you can ensure that he grows up well and leads a happy life.

Siqui - The Capuchin Monkey


GIMA - THE SPIDER MONKEY

This lovely lady was brought to amaZOOnico in 2002 as a youngster; she was raised by humans from the beginning of her life which makes her super friendly with all of us. Sadly as much as we love a friendly face; this unnatural behaviour would put her at risk in the wild so she will stay with us. Please help us look after Gima with everything she needs to enjoy her life in amaZOOOnico.

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CANELA AND KONG: THE WOOLLY MONKEYS

These beautiful monkeys were at another rescue center that had to close during the pandemic. As they were homeless we took them in to give them the care they need. We don’t know much about their back story, but we do know they are super comfortable and loving with people so it’s pretty likely they were pets. They love playing during the day and even calling out to our spider monkeys; in the wild they would hang out together. We sadly won’t be able to release these guys, but they would love to have you adopt them for $60 a month; they will love you strongly in return!

johan - THE SPIDER MONKEY

This guy is one of the oldest inhabitants of amaZOOnico and arrived in 1993 after being raised by humans. He was released for a short time but had to return as his behaviour put him in danger in the wild; sadly this can happen when animals have an unnatural upbringing. Johan is the main man within our spider monkey community, he’s fathered many monkeys that we have since released to grow local numbers of this endangered species. Johan is super smart and keeps us on our toes… this clever monkey knows how to plot an escape; he has outsmarted a few of us over the years! Please help us care for Johan and give him all the care the nutrients he needs to keep him fit and healthy for many more years to come.

mea - THE SPIDER MONKEY

Moving to amaZOOnico was a big change for our Mea; she used to be kept in poor conditions in a very small cage at a zoo; she even used to be afraid of trees and grass when she was arrived as she was so used to concrete and metal. How sad for a wild jungle animal. But now she is thriving and loves swinging around the large cage with our other spider monkeys and enjoying all the fruits we feed her. She would be at risk of predators if we release her; we would love for your help of $40 to give Mea the best foods, environment and enrichments to enable her to keep enjoying her jungle life.

NOGO - THE WHITE THROATED TOUCAN

Wow Toucans are beautiful birds and our Nogo is no exception. He’s also super popular with the ladies! He used to share a cage with our female toucan Warmi however with the arrival of Isla in 2017, well let’s just say he moved on! He’s a stunning White Throated Toucan, loves to sing and loves his papaya; often hopping straight in to feast as soon as we lay down the fruit. He is too used to humans to live safely in the wild – his prized beak makes him susceptible for hunting, however with your help in adopting him for just $30 a month you can ensure he has the best life with us.

a PAIR OF GREEN MACAWS

This pair of bonded Macaws are beautiful to look at and make lots of noise together. They are devoted to each other and show lots of care; like a very happily married couple! Having been rescued from the pet trade they are not able to look after themselves in the wild as they are too used to humans and unable to find their own food. By adopting this beautiful pair, you would be helping us provide the best food and care for them to keep them serenading us loudly for years to come!

a BABY toucan

This tiny baby toucan arrived in February 2022 having been rescued from a community. It’s nest was destroyed when a tree was cut down, and sadly some children were throwing it up in the air to see if it could fly; which it couldn’t. It is gaining strength and can be heard quietly squawking when we come to feed; much like a mini version of our adult toucans! Please help us give this cute baby all the care and nutrients it needs to grow into a beautiful colourful bird.

Esmeralda - the anaconda

Esmeralda is a giant anaconda of almost 4 meters that has lived at the center for 14 years. It was found in the nearby city of Tena where it was likely an abandoned pet or was used as a touristic attraction. As it is very used to humans, reintroduction into the wild is very difficult.

Adopting Esmeralda for 40USD can help us offer a nutritious menu and constant livelihood improvements.

A Charapa Turtle

Turtles are the second most trafficked animal in Ecuador, mostly due to their cuteness and slowness making them super easy to catch. Many of the ones here have come to us after being held as pets. Some of them have deformed shells due to nutrient deficiencies.
Our Charapas love to sunbathe on logs, so whenever the sun is out, you'll see them lined up and catching some vitamin D.

Adopting our Charapas makes sure they get all the medical care they need due to the deformed shells.

Adopted

The following animals have been adopted by amazing people.

Wachi has been adopted by a power mother-daughter team from Germany Sonja and Michelle Liesch

When Wachi was brought to us in 2016, he was still a baby and had to be bottle fed. Unfortunately, because of that, he does not understand that he has to stay away from humans and therefore, most likely, he will not be released. To keep him healthy and happy nonetheless, we feed him a costly diet of chicken, eggs and meat and assist him with medical attention if needed.

Isla has been adopted by Suraksha Chandrasekhar, a wonderful doctor from India

This beautiful white throated Toucan was brought to AmaZOOnico in August 2017. She arrived as a small chick bearing barely any feathers and showing several signs of malnutrition. Nonetheless, she grew into a healthy adult Toucan and we tried to release her one year later. Unfortunately, she was already imprinted by humans and had to be rescued again from a village nearby. We had to restart her resocialization program and are still hoping to release her at a later point.

Mani has been adopted by Rebecca and her beautiful family from Germany

Mani is a young capuchin monkey with a traumatic past! When he arrived here we were full of hope to reintroduce him one day. But, since he is so used to humans, it is going to be impossible to reintroduce him. Capuchin monkeys are incredible intelligent animals. They need a lot of attention and activity, so that they don't get depressed or stressed out!

Woolly Bama boy has been adopted by Benjamin, one of our amazing volunteers from France

Bama was about one year old when he arrived in amaZOOnico in January 2018. Due to people keeping him as a pet, he arrived here way too used to humans. Although his behavior has improved tremendously of our Woolly Monkeys, he is still the most humanized one. By adopting him, Benjamin is helping us to improve our work on his "dehumanization" and work towards releasing him together with his woolly monkey family, back into the wild, where they belong.

Juvenile tapir Poppy has been adopted by two caring sisters, Suraksha and Lovelyn from India

Poppy was born in amaZOOnico in 2017 and is the second son of Carnival and Navidad. His older brother Pumpkin has already been successfully released and we are hoping to release Poppy too. As the second most trafficked bush meat, Tapir's are vulnerable to extinction. By adopting Poppy, they are helping us set up a release program for which we can hire a researcher and invest in monitoring equipment, to help him avoid poachers. Additionally, their monthly donations ensure that he and his family are well fed and healthy.

A wonderful couple from Slovaquia are welcoming Watson into their family

Watson, a spider monkey, came to us as a new born. Her mother was killed, so Watson could be sold in the black market. Fortunately, she was rescued and brought to amaZOOnico where, with Petra and Peter's support, we are be able to help Watson grow into a healthy monkey and give her the care she needs with a big hope that one day she can be free in her natural habitat. She is so lucky to have such amazing adoptive parents!

The tapir mom: Navidad has been adopted by Johanna, a golden oldie volunteer who used to babysit her!

Navidad arrived as a baby on the 26th of December, 2011. This is the reason she has such a festive name! As a baby, she required close care and became very used to people. Therefore, if she were to be released into the wild she could be easily hunted.

Over the last ten years, Navidad has had a lot of experiences! She has fallen in love, enjoyed swimming, basked in the sun, tried a great variety of fruits and leaves... and in 2016 she became a mom! Her sons are Pumpkin and Poppy, two strong males. We already released one of them - Pumpkin - back into the jungle. We want to release Poppy as well so that he can contribute to the conservation of this vulnerable species. If we are successful, it would be without a doubt thanks to Navidad!

This mom, like all moms, deserves to be well taken care of and pampered, right?

Dracula has been adopted by Connor, a young bright lad from the u.K

Dracula is not a vampire. He is a dwarf caiman. He arrived at the center after being rescued from a hotel where he was constantly fed by tourists.

Now he has a more peaceful life which he spends most of his time basking in the sun while enjoying the pond he shares with the tapirs. Most people think he is a statue because he can stay very, very still.

Biala & Solana have been adopted by Susan, a sweet lady from the u.S

These two are Biala and Solana, a couple of scarlet macaws that have been in love for more than ten years (and will continue in love until the end as macaws are strikingly monogamous!)

Like most birds that have been victims of wildlife traffic, Biala and Solana can't fly. At amazoonico, they live in a garden where they can move freely. It is very common to see them grooming each other, taking baths in their little stream, or climbing the tree for some exercise and a snack from their strategically placed feeding table.

By adopting Biala and Solana, Susan is helping us care for the center's most romantic couple. You fell in love with them, right? We did too!

The playful ocelot Polen has been adopted by two big-hearted beings Saba and his loyal companion Baloo from the u.S

This little playful male is Polen. He arrived at amazoonico in 2017 after being traded for a bottle of rum at a store. Thanks to the store owner, who called the authorities, Polen now lives a more dignified life.

Ocelots have a very good sense of hearing, smell, and sight. That’s why it’s very difficult to see them in the wild, and to find Polen in his enclosure! When we are looking for him, we must look up ... Ocelots are semi arboreal and hunt a lot of birds, lizards, and small mammals in the branches.

Polen is still young and it is very important that he learns behaviors appropriate to ocelots. Therefore, we want to dedicate lots of effort to his rehabilitation.

Our sweet old lady Josefina has been adopted by her two favorite volunteers Phillip and Kim

Josefina was used as a photo prop for tourists before she came to amaZOOnico. Luckily, a group of amaZOOnico volunteers reported this to the authorities, so she can be rescued. Now she lives with us where she loves to eat and sleep in high branches. She is a fine old lady who is very used to humans. Her species is unfortunately hunted for their meat or for the pet trade. With your contribution, we will continue to educate the community on how to report animals that are being used for tourist pictures, illegal trafficking, etc. in order to protect the wild life.



Pinky has been adopted by a group of young activists from Germany!

This beauty is Pinky. He arrived at the center in 2017, when the police found him inside an abandoned backpack in a public bus in Ecuador. He's very calm around people, so it's likely he had already been kept as a house pet.

Golden-mantled tamarins (in Kichwa tamarin means chichico) are a near threatened species. In theory, they are quite good at learning from each other, so if wilder chichicos arrive, it is possible that Pinky could learn to be more independent and eventually could be released with a group. He is already very good at hunting insects and finding sap from the trees in his enclosure, a crucial skill for tamarin monkeys.