“We believe in the importance of education in the preservation and conservation of our wildlife. Before we can begin to bring about significant change, we must create awareness and educate our communities to understand and appreciate these amazing animals.”
Our mission began after we rescued a fawn that had lost her mom at the hands of hunters on the slopes of the Cotopaxi. The authorities encouraged us to give the fawn shelter, so we built a habitat for our new guest, “Chelita.” When the authorities returned, they were so impressed that they encouraged us to become an official rescue center.
We accepted the invitation, and after that, everything happened very quickly. Within a few months, we completed all of the formal animal rescue center permissions and certificates. Soon after, we answered a call from the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador asking us to receive a rescued parrot that afternoon. That was the moment we realised it was all for real!
Eight years later, dozens of animals across several species, including parrots, eagles and monkeys, have all stayed in our rescue center. Fortunately, many of these animals have ultimately been released to their natural habitats where they belong. All of these rescues were coordinated in collaboration with the environmental authorities.
Our wild species share spaces with some domestic animals also, such as rabbits and canaries, complementing our center with education and awareness programs for kids and nearby communities. The shelter serves as a transitional home for species that are presently hurt or unfit for the wild but that will one day reintegrate into their natural habitats, as well as a permanent residence for those that are never able to return. As part of our education program, people can visit our rescue center to get in touch and spend some time with our animals, learn about them, and fall in love with them.