Started twelve years ago, due to the initiative of Carlos Solorzano Pinargote, a veterinary student at the time, the “Nuestra Fauna” centre was formed in order to give back freedom to hundreds of animals. Monkeys, sloths, caimans, ocelots, parrots and many other animals are able to take advantage of a unique place in the Manabi region on the Ecuador coast, where they are a given a second chance.
The animals that arrive at the centre are from seizures made by the environmental police, the environmental ministry and from private individuals concerned about the environment and wild life. Depending on their state of health they are immediately freed into an appropriate environment or taken care of and given medical treatment.
The centre, as it exists today, is situated in the Portoviejo city on a site of 4 hectares, the property of the University, alongside a reservation of 1500 hectares. Until now, the centre depended on the technical university of Portoviejo in the Manabai region, but a few months ago the chief administrative officer decided to close it, though the necessity of the centre has already been proven.
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The staff team
Carlos Solorzano founded the centre. He is a veterinary surgeon and this ensures that all the animals receive good care. For 12 years he has healed animals and released them back into their natural habitat. He is a real ambassador for wild life protection and does everything he can to preserve wild life.
Vivian Gonzales is a young Colombian biologist. After having worked in different centres in Amazonia she discovered Carlos’ centre. Her specific interest is in the social life of primates. It is a privilege for her to be able to observe them and gain a better understanding of their behaviour in order to be well prepared for their return to the wild.
Frank Poirier is French. He has had experience of working at different centres in South America and decided to join Carlos’ centre about 2 years ago. He works energetically to improve the living conditions of the animals at the centre.
These three passionate people can rely on the support of the students from the veterinary faculty adjoining the centre, who help them from time to time.
Carlos has been living for the centre for years and in order to continue with his work he decided, with the support of his team, to create the Valle Alto centre. It will consist of 10 hectares situated in the middle of a rain forest of 800 hectares. This new site is perfect for his rehabilitation work. The whole team is already working on it. The first trees have been planted and the premises are being refurbished in order to receive the first volunteers. The site of Valle Alto offers very interesting prospects for the future. The team are already planning on how they can initiate their rehabilitation programmes for certain endemic species of the Ecuador coast, especially those in danger. It is very important to stress that the work of the centre is supported and controlled by the Ecuador environmental ministry.