Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi - Parque Ambue Ari Wildlife Center
Parque Ambue Ari, located between Ascensión de Guarayos and Trinidad, is a rescue and rehabilitation center for wildlife animals saved from poaching and illegal trade in Bolivia. Some of the animals, that were able to be rehabilitated - live completely freely inside the park, some live in semi-free conditions and others, that couldn't be rehabilitated to be return to their natural habitat live in enclosures. Visitors are welcome to explore parts of the parks, and volunteering options are also available. It's WICY's biggest center, with 800 hectares of land.
Parque Ambue Ari cares for a variety of animals, which are separated into specific areas.
Volunteers are assigned to one of these work areas during their time with us. All volunteers working with animals assist in cleaning, preparing food and providing enrichment.
There's a minimum stay of 14 days (21 or 29 for some areas) for the benefit and stability of the animals.
Parque Ambue Ari has the following areas:
Quarantine - Animals in this area vary as this is a temporary holding zone. However, common animals include kinkajous, night monkeys, titi monkeys, exotic birds, peccaries, squirrel monkeys, tortoises and coatis.
Camp animals - Tapirs, peccaries and exotic birds (such as toucans, macaws, parrots, and rheas). Howler monkey park - Howler monkeys
Construction - Construction workers see those animals in areas needing construction.
Wild felines - Ocelots, pumas, jaguars and Geoffroy’s cats.
More than 70 animals, of more than 20 different species, currently live at Parque Ambue Ari. We care for a number of threatened species, including tapirs (Tapirus terrestris), tortoises and birds. The centre specializes in caring for howler monkeys (Alouatta siniculus), a variety of bird species and wild felines, including ocelots (Leopardus parsalis), pumas (Puma concolor) and jaguars (Panthera onca).
The majority of our felines are kept in large enclosures. Some of them are taken out of their enclosures during the day to be go on a walk, following strict safety regulations.
You may also be interested in the other two wildlife centers in Bolivia founded by the CIWY:
For more than 20 years CIWY has has been working for the benfit of wildlife rescued from illegal trafficking, giving disadvantaged youth a sense of purpose through involvement with wildlife care, and educating the Bolivian public to respect wildlife.
During this time, CIWY has also dedicated its efforts towards battling wildlife trafficking, conserving wild flora and fauna, as well as rescuing animals which have been victims of mistreatment and illegal trading. In recent years, CIWY has focussed on rehabilitation and care of wild animals rescued from trafficking, from homes where they were kept as pets, from zoos and circuses, or affected by the destruction of their natural habitat.
As Bolivia’s leading organization in wildlife rights and care, we hope to make drastic changes in our country’s view of wild animals and make strides in ending a cruel trade that removes them from their natural homes.