Research at Amazoonico

amaZOOnico supports research in the center. Priority will be given to projects assessing the topics identified in our research priorities, which include:

    • Development of effective enrichment protocols
    • Prevalence and ecology of parasites
    • Assessment of our environmental education efforts
    • Behavioural assessment of animals living in captivity and assisted freedom
    • Innovative ways of using renewable energies and sustainable materials for the benefit of the center

Researchers will stay in the volunteer house located at Amazoonico. The house is equipped with electricity, a gas stove, kitchen ware, beds, and bedding materials. While staying at Amazoonico, researchers will also serve as volunteers. The number of volunteering days can vary from 1 to 4, and are defined by the researcher in advance. The monthly cost of staying at amazoonico will vary according to the number of volunteering days (see table below).


  • Proficient in English or Spanish
  • Must have or be working towards a undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Must be able to withstand environmental conditions of the Amazon rainforest
  • Must cover own travel expenses to and from Amazoonico
  • Must cover food and lodging expenses (rate varies according to table above)
  • Non-residents of Ecuador must be able to obtain an Ecuadorian temporary resident visa (if research project will last more than 90 days)

How to apply:

  • Fill and submit our application form (found below)
  • Once you begin the form you will not be able to save and return, thus you must be prepared with the following documents/information before beginning:
    • Statement of Interest describing you motivation, skills, and background (saved as PDF)
    • Your CV (maximum 3 pages, saved as PDF)
    • Proposed budget for your project (in Excel format)
    • Timeline of project (in Excel format)
    • Contact information for two references
    • Abstract describing the project in 200 words or less
    • Description of main objectives and methods of the research project