Animal Care Volunteer Work in South America, Ecuador, Latin America with ELEP Volunteer & Internship Programs

Wild animals are illegally captured from their natural habitat in different parts of Ecuador and sold to collectors. Most of this animal have been neglected and/or maltreated. The aim of this project is to collaborate in the animal welfare with some animal rescue centres, animal sanctuaries and zoos throughout Ecuador which hosts a huge variety of animals, some of them victims of unhealthy and illegal situations, some others with birth defects or simply animals that have been born within the centres.

The centre provides the animals with shelter and wherever possible, the animals are reintroduced into the wild. However, many of the animals come to the centres with permanent disabilities and as a result there are many animals at the centres that cannot be returned to the wild.

This project focuses on all aspects of animal welfare and it is ideal for anyone interested in animal volunteer work abroad. There are many opportunities to volunteer and feel part of a group dedicated to creating a more humane world for animals. Volunteers will work to improve the lives of animals at the centres with the intention, where possible, of successfully re-introducing them to the wild.


While at the centres, you will mainly be involved in the day-to-day care of the huge diversity of animals at the centre. You will help and be involved in task such as: feed and care for the animals, as well as cleaning and repairing living areas and helping to improve facilities to create a more natural environment for the animals. This involves teaching the animals how to eat, fend for themselves and other natural behaviors whilst monitoring their progress along the path to being re-introduced to the wild.

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