Animal Rescue Center Los Jaguares

90% of animals at the Jaguar Rescue Center are released back into the wild

Animal Rescue Center Los Jaguares

per person

Animal Rescue Center Los Jaguares

Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth, being a territory of huge importance
for nature conservation and tourism. However, faces one of the most serious problems on our planet, wildlife trafficking, motivated by scientific purposes, commercialization of skins, or live species.

The “Los Jaguares” Rescue Center volunteer program aims to create a space for the protection of endangered species, responsible tourism, education, and community development through training, inclusion, and integral participation in these spaces, of all local stakeholders and tourists.

Los Jaguares Rescue Center is an animal sanctuary located in Macas, Morona-Santiago province, in Ecuador. This rescue center was created by Enrique, a former veterinarian.

The purpose of the center is to save wild animals, such as jaguars, pumas or margays.


Those animals live in the Amazonian forest and are often hunted because they could be dangerous. The locals and the indigenous communities that live in the forest are afraid that those animals could attack them – the animals won’t do it unless they are attacked first.
Some wild animals are also hunted for their fur, or to be sold as pets in Asia or the Middle
East. The center also rescues smaller animals, such as monkeys or coatis, whose meat is very much appreciated by local populations.

The following is a detail of day activities related to jaguars and other felines care and management, although depending on the volunteer time and the participant’s stay, the activities can be diversified or extended with complementary activities.


Preparation of feline diets.

Schedule: 6:30 to 7:30 am.
This is a vital part; every morning it’s necessary to go ar the local
market for freshly butchered meat for the felines


Schedule: 8:00 to 8:30 am

Feeding of felines:

Schedule: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Meat is cut and weighed, to proceed to feed all the felines between
1kg and 1 1/2 Kg.


Once a week veterinary monitoring and feeding with live prey.

Schedule: 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
A careful observation of the stress and mood of all felines is carried
out, in addition to feeding them with live prey.

Once-month maintenance of enclosures and environmental

Schedule: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Intense cleaning is carried out to collect animal remains and repair
the enclosures, due to humidity conditions the structures
deteriorate rapidly.

Jaguar Rescue Center

Volunteer Expectations

  • Is passionate about the environment and community relations.
  • Has a positive and open mind
  • Able to be self sufficient and open to communicate
  • Let the director know of any allergies



The volunteer contribution helps hosting the volunteer in the community and goes directly towards materials needed for project activities.


  • 1 P A X / D A Y : 1 4 $
  • 1 P A X / W E E K : 1 0 0 $
  • 1 P A X / M O N T H : 1 9 4 $


Volunteer placement deposit

A $200 deposit will be made to EEV in advanced so we can confirm your volunteer placement.


  • 24/7 emergency contact and support from EEV staff, administration costs, communication costs with volunteers and travel costs for program inspection
  • Airport pickup and first nights accommodation in Quito
  • Orientation in Quito
  •  Work Reference / Volunteer Certificate

Price Does Not Include

  • Transportation to the center
  • Protection measures (masks)


For any questions or interest in volunteerig, please fill out the contact form with your information!

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