“Tarqui Zoo is a great volunteer opportunity, having volunteered all over
South America this has been my favourite placement. The hands on work with
the animals is unique and the work is fulfilling and never boring, as each
day there is a new and interesting task to complete. The family feel and
friendly environment ensures that will enjoy your stay at the zoo and there
is nothing like waking up in a zoo with a spectacular view of the distant
snow-capped mountains and volcanoes. After one month volunteering it has
hard to say goodbye and I will definitely be returning next year for longer.
Great value for money and excellent facilities that ensure a comfortable
and pleasurable stay.”
“The first impression I had of Zoologico Tarqui was its beauty. I arrived
with the setting sun lighting up the early evening after a rain shower.
After acclimatizing to the inundation of nature and plethora of star
clusters in the night's sky, one soon learns that Zoologico Tarqui is a
place where one can share their creativity and manifest it in an organic
way. There is a team atmosphere and family environment where the care of
the animals is first priority. Daily projects pop up alongside the long
term objectives for the improvement of animal enclosures and general
animal well being.The main factor that makes Zoologico Tarqui so unique
is that although by name it is a zoo, the benefactors do not collect
animals and are not motivated by public entertainment. The animals at
Zoologico Tarqui have been taken in to see out their days in tranquility
after being rescued from unfortunate pasts, whether they be victims of
illegal trafficking, unwanted pets, orphaned juveniles, or pests in the
eyes of some. Zoologico Tarqui is constantly working in tandem with the
Environmental Ministry to take in any animals at any given moment space
permitting. This also involves the liberation of animals from time to time.
The connection to the community and local knowledge of those who work there
means that Zoologico Tarqui can positively influence and educate people
near and far of the swiftly changing landscape of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
This work needs no validation.”