MERAZONIA – ECUADOR

AMAZOONICO (ECUADOR)  www.amazoonico.org

The destruction of the Ecuadorian Amazon region is still ongoing, even in the Unesco-bioreserve Sumaco.
For this reason Selva Viva was founded in 1993, a rainforest preservation project aiming to save still existing areas of primary forest which otherwise would be in accute danger of deforestation.
The ecologically and environmentally sustainable project seeks to protect not only the rainforest but also its people and therefore consists of the following: 

Important   You must call ahead if you want to take part in one of the projects. All of the bookings are co-ordinated by Simi Rutihauser
  • You should make your plans approx. 6 months ahead, because it is very difficult to take requests at short notice.
  • To run amaZOOnico we need 7-8 volunteers, but it is more comfortable if there are about 10 volunteers. This gives the volunteers time to work on other things as well as taking care of the animals and guiding tourists.
  • Research work is important for the whole Selva Viva project and there are always many research opportunities here. It would be if ideal we had graduate students, as well as people with their Masters or Phd’s, in addition to the volunteers.

Don’t be fooled by their out of date website, this animal refuge located in the Ecuadorian amazon is amazing and comes with our own personal reference. To read our report about amazoonico and to veiw photos, click here.

Volunteers
are people who come to work for 2 (minimum)-6 or more months in the rainforest-project, Selva Viva. Most volunteers will be working in amaZOOnico, but there are also opportunities to work with the forest rangers or at the hotel Liana Lodge on special request. We are always looking for veterinarians, vet.students and zoo keepers for amaZOOnico. Other scientists (biologists, environmental scientists, geographers…) and experts of tourism are also very welcome. Other professions can be useful as well, depending on the expertise and situation. The most important aspect is that volunteers are flexible, feel at ease in primitive conditions, and have a love for animals.
There is an international mix of volunteers, so English is usually the common language. As a volunteer you should be able to guide tours in Spanish and in your own language as well. Any knowledge of other languages is of course good to have. Volunteers pay 100 American dollars a month for their food. Travellers cheques are NOT accepted.

Undergraduates
are mostly students of environmental sciences or biology. For this we choose a subject that is important for Selva Viva and for the student as well. We have already had students studying the following subjects: the oil problem, eco-tourism, the waste disposal problem, inventory of the wildlife, building up a tree surgery, and now cartographic records. These student projects last for about 16 weeks. Students help two days a week with the normal work at amaZOOnico and pay also 80 American dollars a month for their food. NO travellers cheques please.

Postgraduates

  • Patricia Kehrli, from ETH Zurich, studied wild Pigmy Marmosets for 5 months as part of her dissertation.
  • Angelika Raimann completed her PHd about rainforest regeneration.
  • At the moment Stephanie Lienenlüke, from the Institute Theodor-Buveri from the the University of Würzburg, is doing her PHd on the reintroduction of a group of spidermonkeys.

Post-Docs.

  • Dr. Alrun Schmiedeknecht from Germany was here during a 2 month research-stay.Volunteers
    are people who come to work for 2 (minimum)-6 or more months in the rainforest-project, Selva Viva. Most volunteers will be working in amaZOOnico, but there are also opportunities to work with the forest rangers or at the hotel Liana Lodge on special request. We are always looking for veterinarians, vet.students and zoo keepers for amaZOOnico. Other scientists (biologists, environmental scientists, geographers…) and experts of tourism are also very welcome. Other professions can be useful as well, depending on the expertise and situation. The most important aspect is that volunteers are flexible, feel at ease in primitive conditions, and have a love for animals.
    There is an international mix of volunteers, so English is usually the common language. As a volunteer you should be able to guide tours in Spanish and in your own language as well. Any knowledge of other languages is of course good to have. Volunteers pay 100 American dollars a month for their food. Travellers cheques are NOT accepted.

    Undergraduates
    are mostly students of environmental sciences or biology. For this we choose a subject that is important for Selva Viva and for the student as well. We have already had students studying the following subjects: the oil problem, eco-tourism, the waste disposal problem, inventory of the wildlife, building up a tree surgery, and now cartographic records. These student projects last for about 16 weeks. Students help two days a week with the normal work at amaZOOnico and pay also 80 American dollars a month for their food. NO travellers cheques please.

    Postgraduates

    • Patricia Kehrli, from ETH Zurich, studied wild Pigmy Marmosets for 5 months as part of her dissertation.
    • Angelika Raimann completed her PHd about rainforest regeneration.
    • At the moment Stephanie Lienenlüke, from the Institute Theodor-Buveri from the the University of Würzburg, is doing her PHd on the reintroduction of a group of spidermonkeys.
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