Within 5 hectares, we rehabilitate animals in order to reintroduce them back into their natural habitats. We care for more than 200 animals that can't be released, and carry out environmental activities with visitors that focus on conservation and the perils of illegal wildlife trafficking
In favor of wildlife conservation, we receive visitors from 8:30h to 14:00h every day of the year.
You need to make a reservation by filling this form
Visits are about 1h and every group is assigned a guide
Each visitor supports the maintenance of the center and its animals with an economic contribution that goes from $5 to whatever is desired.
You can leave donations during your visit, or via our website
Unfortunately, there are many animals that cannot be reintroduced into their natural habitats for various reasons.
The animals you'll see in the center include: macaws, parrots, coatis, toucans, turtles, tapirs, caiman, and several species of monkeys, among others.
They have no choice but to be here, so we give them the best care we can, and make sure to spread the message against wildlife trafficking so that no one else ends up in a cage.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
We recommend you to bring rubber boots or sneakers (when it's raining there is mud), waterproof jacket in case it rains, a camera, mosquito repellent, and do not forget your mask!
Apart from this, we recommend you to bring some money because we have a lot of beautiful indigenous handcrafts, locally made chocolate, drinks, and some donation boxes, in case you want to support us a little bit more.
amaZOOnico is 100% a non-profit. All money collected goes directly to caring for the animals and general maintenance of the center. Additionally, amaZOOnico receives no funding support from the government of Ecuador or corporate sources. Our only means of funding is through visitor economic contributions and private donations.
HOW DO YOU GET HERE?
TENA - AMAZOONICO
Bus + canoe
In Tena, find one of the bus terminals "Jumandy" or "Centinela del Tena". Take a bus to "Puerto Barantilla" ($2.40/1:30h). At Puerto Barantilla wait for a motor canoe and ask the driver to take you to amaZOOnico (10min). The frequency and cost of the canoe rides varies a lot, so we recommend you to order before a canoe by calling Liana Lodge: (+593) 6 301 7702
MISAHUALLI - AMAZOONICO
If you want to enjoy a longer canoe trip, you can come to amaZOOnico from Misahualli in canoe. They will bring you to our animal rescue center and after the visit, they will bring you back to the city.
For the security and welfare of all (humans and animals), these are our rules. Visitors who fail to adhere to these rules may be asked to leave the center. Thank you for understanding.
The rules are:
Don't interact with the animals (both in enclosures and the ones that are free around the center) by means of physical contact or verbal communication. Human interaction stresses the non-releasable ones, makes the ones that can be released less releasable, and can mean the transmission of dangerous diseases for all.
Don't feed the animals.
Don't bring pets to the center or in the shop.
Stay on the walking paths and together with your group at all times, and don't enter restricted areas of the center.
All photos must be taken without flash.
Do not smoke in any part of the center.
Please note that visitors wishing to take images or video with professional equipment will be charged an additional $500