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  • Volunteer Research & Great Green Macaw Project

    Fundación de Conservación JOCOTOCO
    • Employer: Fundación Jocotoco
      Location: Reserva Ayampe
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/30/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    The Great Green Macaw Project provides the opportunity for future conservation and the field. Biologists can learn and work closely with the incredible Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus). The subspecies (Ara ambiguus guayaquilensis) is a critically endangered bird with less than thirty (30) individuals in the wild. The species became extinct in the area of liberation, Ayampe, more than fifty years ago.

    Our objective is to establish a wild population in the Ayampe Reserve and its surroundings. We have the incredible support of the Loro Parque Foundation and we work together with the Jambeli Rescue Center, the only Center for the captivity of parrots in Ecuador for conservation purposes.


    Volunteer activities will depend on the season and will include:

    Data collection

    Monitoring of birds released with telemetry (VHF and GPS techniques)

    Collection of native fruits and seeds.

    Daily food preparation.

    Pre-release bird feeding and food supplement for released individuals.

    Maintenance of aviaries, cleaning and enrichment of cages.

    Environmental education in local communities.

    Field work: depending on the season, this will include going to the forest and climbing trees to monitor the nests.


    The volunteers are housed in the homes of host families who live around the Reserve. The water is not potable, so it is not recommended for human consumption, you will be available bottles of drinking water for consumption. The volunteer receives 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and snack), we have different menus in case of dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, vegan and celiac.

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