Adopt Our Animals
In AmaZOOnico we believe in second chances! Often, the animals we receive arrive here in very poor conditions 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 it's progress.
ANIMALS FOR ADOPTION
the tapir mom: nAVIDAD
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 releseased 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 as well to the conservation of this vulnerable species. If we are succesful, it would be without a doubt thanks to Navidad!
This mom, like all moms, deserves to be well taken care of and pampered, right?
Pinky: the Chichico
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.
¿Shall we take care of this furry little one together?
Esmerald@, the anaconda
Esmerald@ 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.
Esmerald@ is one of the most mysterious animals at Amazoonico. Not only because it is always hard to find inside the enclosure, but also because we do not know if its a female or male! To determine gender would require significant handling and cause unnecessary stress. So we would rather not know. We will give it lots of love whatever it is. Like it should be, right?
Adopting Esmerald@ for 40USD you can help us offer a nutritious menu and constant livelihood improvements.
A GROUP OF CRAZY SQUIRREL MONKEYS
When amaZOOnico was founded, it was located in the territory of a group of squirrel monkeys. After some time, they started to steal the food of other animals, so the amaZOOnico-Team decided to feed them to avoid the unnessesary conflict. Unfortunately, the squirrel monkeys gained a lot of trust and started to sleep every night under the roof of the main house. Reproduction rates have also increased, since their predators tend to avoid the center. Nowadays there are 3 groups and in total 200-300 individuals. We are feeding them outside of the center and would like to increase the amount of food, to prevent them from stealing so much.
ANIMALS THAT HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
HUACHI 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 desocialization 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 lo 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 VERY OWN 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.
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 live where 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
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 Carneval 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.
POLEN: THE PLAYFUL OCELOT, 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 behaviours appropiate to ocelots. Therefore, we want to dedicate lots of effort to his rehabilitation.