YanaCocha, since 2006 has been developing important work to benefit the conservation of flora and fauna in the province of Pastaza, receives animal victims of trafficking, which are ­­­confiscated by the environmental authorities in the various controls carried out in the ­­province, as well as in major markets, plazas and homes where people have them as pets or companion animals.

Ecuadorian law prohibits the keeping of wild animals and is banned from 1-3 years in prison that have, display, case or markets wildlife or products derived therefrom without permits (Art. 76, 79, Art. 82, Art. 86 of the Wildlife Act).

Generally animals entering unit’s wildlife management in Ecuador are specimens that have been living in unfavourable conditions, in very small cages or too small spaces, care and feeding not according to their species.

With the passage of time is very likely that many of them end up dying, or condemned to live in unsuitable conditions for their species.

From there comes the need to involve the whole society to seek mechanisms to educate people in order to create social awareness of biodiversity and the importance of this for the world.

Currently the YanaCocha Bio Park houses more than 200 specimens (42 species), the same that are under the care and attention of specialists, volunteers and workers who put all their love and effort to make the lives of these animals this better living conditions above.

Unfortunately a very high percentage of these specimens may not return back to nature, as have long lived as pets or have social, physical or biological problems preventing their rehabilitation.

Since 2006 we have been working on a park with a suitable for the development of each of the sheltered species ecosystem, using local materials such as naturalization of exhibitors has generated very positive results when evaluating its behaviour, taking into account socio ecology of the species.

The design and landscaping YanaCocha can be noticed when walking through the nature trails, the same that are distributed over an area of ​​four acres on which used sawdust, stone and fences, design has combined a lot with the water, so that by walking the trails can be seen lagoons, ponds and fountains accompanied by tropical plants provide a natural environment for the species housed.

The improvement of the ecosystem in terms of reforestation and landscaping we have made have allowed to phase out the old grassland vegetation native to the area, as a result many species are beginning to populate YanaCocha, as proof of this we have identified 35 species of amphibians and about 87 species of birds that live wild in the centre.

YanaCocha, has a total of eight hectares of which four are entitled to the centre and four hectares they are kept as reserve area has a mature primary and secondary forest, one of the few spaces well preserved near Puyo. In this area you can see some species that have been released in coordination with the MAE, as lazy, boas, rodents, monkeys, tamarinds, small carnivores, tiaras, opossums.

The work we do divide it into different programs and projects that are planned them and routed according to the main needs that YanaCocha.

Department Of Management And Animal Health is the unit responsible for all activities related to the maintenance and improvement of the health and welfare of individuals belonging to YanaCocha.


  • Contribute to the conservation of wildlife species in the Amazon achieving clinical provide specialized care for individuals entering the rescue centre in order to restore physical and behavioural health of each, to integrate him back to his natural environment.
  • Ensure your stay in a similar environment to natural conditions, with a balanced and proper diet depending on the species.
  • Promote socialization in each of the groups, essential for behavioural stability of individuals, particularly in primate group complement.
  • Generate research that contributes to the development of the conservation of the Amazon wildlife.
  • Generate rehabilitation projects to integrate back to nature to individuals who have been displaced from their natural environment due to illegal traffic.
  • Train staff constantly Centre and other institutions related to the conservation, management, Ethology and Nutrition of species of Amazonian wildlife.
  • Prepare new veterinarians with the internal internship program, who will contribute in the future to the work of conservation of wildlife species.
  • Provide environmental education in different educational institutions involved in some way in the work of Conservation of wildlife species.

Organizational Structure:

  • Department Of Management And Animal Health
  • Coordination Of The Department Of Management And Animal Health
    • Responsible M.V. Greece Robles
  • Sub-Coordination Department Of Management And Animal Health
    • Responsible – M. V. Camila Lascano
  • Health Unit Animal And Nutrition Laboratory
  • Collection Management Unit Records, Marking Equipment And Catch


  • Application of preventive medicine (deworming, enrichment) individuals belonging to the collection, these activities are essential to maintaining overall health.
  • Routine: stool analysis, hematologic, X-rays, and so on., clinical procedures in facilities meeting the needs of individuals, and so on.
  • Immediate individuals injured or health problems, or trauma generated by run over or abuse, or admission serious health conditions due to maintenance in captivity as pets diets and poor care clinical care.
  • Animal Health Units must exist throughout Central which remain permanently faunal, because they must provide specialized medical care to the possibility of an emergency or health impairments, circumstances that are common everywhere.
  • Veterinary care provides improved health, welfare, both physical and behavioural, gives them the ability to consume an adequate and balanced diet provides the understanding of difficult situations, with the application of preventive medicine is able to prevent deaths and Severe cases of disease.
  • For proper operation of zoological institutions and rescue centres are needed specialized in health care technicians, as are the professionals of Veterinary Medicine.
  • One of the biggest problems facing wildlife in captivity is nutrition; wild animals can find their food in terms of physical and physiological adaptations, behaviour and species.
  • Feeding in captivity should be considered critical aspects such as species, anatomy, digestive physiology, feeding in the wild, feeding behaviour, age, amount of consumption, the particle size of the food, quality of the ration. and so on.
  • Feeding programs in the Bioparque YanaCocha are paramount and take an organized manner giving it to each individual nutritional requirements necessary to fulfil its vital functions.
  • Daily to animal diets balanced with good quality food like fruits, vegetables, leaves, flowers, insects, food concentrates, boiled eggs, vitamin supplements, minerals, meat, fish were supplied, and so on.
  • The good veterinary care and good nutrition management are essential when working with wildlife issues.

The activities performed daily demand of hard work and effort, there YanaCocha a team of professionals and many people working and collaborating directly and indirectly for the purpose of making the Centre is a landmark in the province of Pastaza and the Amazon region of Ecuador.

Veterinarians, wildlife specialists, biologists, agronomists, national and foreign volunteers, interns, postgraduate students, researchers and workers collaborate every day related to conservation, education, nutrition, rehabilitation, ecotourism, design, planning, logistics, enrichment activities environmental, food and maintenance of hundreds of animals that YanaCocha houses, as well as the beautification of the park.

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