Save Ecuador's Animals/Merazonia is a dynamic wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centee located on 250 acres of Amazon rainforest, near Mera, Ecuador, South America.
We combine passion for nature with a professional approach on wildlife care, rehabiliation and release, along with rainforest conservation.
Volunteers help us in the day to day care of the wildlife.
Donations are vital for the animal care and release projects as we do not receive any governmental funding. Adopt an animal, a project, or find out about other ways you can help.
About This Cause
Over the past years we have implemented many successful rehabilitations. The list of reintroduced animals includes: tamarin monkeys (3 groups), three and two toes sloths (around 50), kinkajous (10), a Neotropical otter (see documentary), several felines (margay, ocelots and oncillas), agoutis, anteaters, armadillos, boas and coatis.
We will continue to responsibly releasing animals. We never know what tomorrow brings and sometimes we focus our time and energy on a new arrival, especially if it has a good prospect of being released and time is of the essence. Our longer term goals include a release program for woolly monkeys and red howler monkeys. Rehabilitation of social and intelligent animals such as primates, take a lot of investigation, observation and money.
In 2015 a total of 47 animals arrived at Merazonia. Of these, 31 were successfully released, 6 were transferred to a more appropriate centre for release, and 7 are still residents of Merazonia. Sadly 3 of the animals that arrived the past year died of their injuries.
Interested in funding release projects? E-mail us or donate directly.
Merazonia has received support from:
Wild Futures, protecting primates and habitats worldwide
Worldwide Veterinary Service
International Veterinary Care
Phoenix Zoo, Arizona centre for nature conservation
All founding members of Merazonia have a background in volunteering and worked as volunteers at several wildlife centres throughout the continent, before joining forces and embarking on a new adventure: creating their own wildlife rescue centre, with a focus on rehabilitation.
Volunteers joined us from day one in the heavy physical labor, carrying massive amounts of rocks and sand, and dragging beams through the forest.
By the time the basic structures were up and all paperwork issues were sorted, it was early 2009. On a day in January, a small baby tamarin monkey called Lukas, was brought over the bridge and truly inaugurated Merazonia as an animal refuge. Little Lukas grew up to lead his own group of tamarins and lived a free life on the Merazonia premises.
Since then, hundreds of animals, as well as volunteers, have crossed that same bridge. Slowly the centre expanded, so more animals could receive our professional care. With so many fury residents, volunteers nowadays mostly spend their time taking care of the animals. We continue to build towards a better centre every day: enclosures get improved, diets get adjusted and release projects are executed with more detail and innovative methods.
We are proud to have built this centre with our own hands, along with the many volunteers that joined us. Merazonia was truly built by volunteers for volunteers (and animals of course) and this remains a big part of what makes Merazonia special.