Merazonia Wildlife reserve

Merazonia Wildlife reserve

What is: Merazonia Wildlife reserve

Merazonia is a dynamic wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre located on 250 acres of Amazon rainforest, near Mera, Ecuador, South America. We combine passion for nature with a professional approach on animal care and release, along with rainforest conservation and wildlife monitoring. Volunteers help us in the day to day care of the wildlife.




💵 From 150 USD/week

Staying time

⏳ From 2 to 4 weeks to no limits

Language spoken

🇪🇸 Spanish, 🇬🇧 English

Accommodation provided

🏡  Yes

Food provided

🥗 Yes


🇪🇨 Ecuador


🌎 South America

Type of habitat

🌿 Rainforest


Typical day at the center

Animal care is rewarding work but certainly not a picnic in the park. We feed the animals three times per day. The feeding rounds take between 2 to 3 hours each time. In the morning, we gather at 7:30 a.m. to prepare the animals’ food, and then we divide into groups to clean different animal cages and feed the animals. Park maintenance Around 10 a.m, we take an hour for breakfast and then get ready for the rest of the day. Some people will feed the parrots and nocturnal animals, while others are on projects such as animal life enrichment, general park maintenance and chores. Lunch is around 1:30 pm. We gather to feed the mammals again at 3 pm, after which there is time to hang out with other volunteers, enjoy the scenery, swim at the waterfall or river, or relax in a hammock. People make their own breakfast and lunch, but take turns in groups of preparing the communal dinner. Volunteers work 5 1/2 days per week, alternating free days. Sundays are so called ‘lazy Sundays’ in which we feed the animals only once a day and do chores, but no other work is done, leaving plenty of time to relax or enjoy the surroundings.


Animal care: Feeding and cleaning the animals in enclosures Assist with the care of baby animals and animals with xtra needs Life enrichment projects Park maintenance: Cleaning of communal areas Assist with trail maintenance Assist with small construction projects

The volunteers in this animal rescue center generally get 1.5 day(s) off a week. In regards to working hours, the volunteers work per day 8 hours/working day.

Food and accommodation

Usually volunteers will cook their own breakfasts (porridge, eggs, toast, pancakes, fruit etc), and make their own lunches as well (we usually have on hand supplies for sandwiches, omelets, pasta etc.). Volunteers take turns in groups cooking a communal dinner. Food is mostly vegetarian and there usually is also a vegan option. Luxury products such as candy, soda, alcohol, soap etc are not included.


The animals they take care of in this center are:

Birds, Monkeys, Other small mammals, Sloth


Qualification required

In the meta sense: flexibility, a sense of humour, and a love for animals and the outdoors. You will need to have a basic level of fitness, as most work is physical, walking up and down the jungle surroundings. Knowledge of English and/or Spanish is required.

How to apply?

Practical information

Internet access

via data/phone chip

Cost details

Currently, the volunteer fee is $150 per week for the first two weeks, which covers lodging and food. It also includes a contribution to medical supplies and animal food. For those staying longer, the fee for weeks 3-6 is $130 per week and every week thereafter, the fee is $95 per week.

How to get there?

The closest international airport is in Quito. Guayaquil is also an option. The south bound bus terminal in Quito is called Quitumbe and about a 40 minute taxi ride out of city centre (about $10 to $15) and over an hour from the airport straight to the busterminal ($35). From Quitumbe, the town of Mera is a four and a half hour bus ride (about $8). Any bus towards Puyo or Macas passes by Mera. There is no bus terminal in Mera. You will have to get off the bus at Mera’s main square, bordering the main road to Puyo. From here, you can take a local taxi called Transmera, which will take you up to the entrance of Merazonia for $5. Transmeras go all day until roughly about 8 p.m. Note that the sun sets around 6.30 p.m. here. If you are coming straight from Quito, we recommend leaving between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in order to get here during daylight hours. The San Francisco bus company has most frequent busses. Other companies include: Expreso Baños, Pelileo, Amazonas, among others. Alternatively, you can break up your trip in Baños at only one hour from Mera. Any bus from here towards the Amazon passes by Mera. There are many hostels around the airport too. We can also arrange private transportation. This costs about $130 one way from Quito.

Is there a minimum age?

To volunteer in this center you will have to be at least 18 years old

When can volunteers join?

All year round. Normally, arrival days are Monday and Thursday.


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