For the last twelve years, the Álvarez family has been working hard to increase their
Animal rescue centers and projects related to animals/plants/habitat conservation are highly important in Ecuador because of its huge biodiversity. Biodiversity in the Amazon region is decreasing rapidly due to persistent unsustainable human activities that highly threaten fragile ecosystems. The threats that we are currently facing include:technical knowledge of animal rescue and rehabilitation, while
overcoming the challenges associated with running an animal rescue center in Ecuador. The success and survival of the center greatly depends on the financial contribution made by volunteers who come and work with us.
Habitat destruction through the expansion of mining, timber and oil industries. There is significant pressure to further develop infrastructures and agricultural boundaries for growing communities.
Illegal logging for the mentioned expansions, as well as the development of the country’s major petrol company.
Over hunting and illegal trade of wild animal and plant species for the purpose of commercialization of wild animal meat, constituent parts, and derivative products of wild species.
Water and air pollution.
In spite of these challenges, we have developed strong working relationships with the Environmental Police (UPMA) and the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador in the fight against wild animal trafficking and abuse. Locally, we work with two other rescue centers. We have received help from Sea World and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund who gave us a grant in 2008, which was used for the construction of an enclosure for Capuchin monkeys.
As Sacha Yacu is not a zoo, human interaction with animals is limited. The animals received at Sacha Yacu were illegally taken from the wild and sold as domestic pets. Wild animals do not make suitable domestic pets and often become depressed and/or aggressive; they are often abandoned to small cages or chained to posts. Animals at Sacha Yacu are kept in enclosures that replicate their natural habitats in order to improve the process of rehabilitation.