Results and plans that will make a bear dance

Our blue-headed parrots are enjoying the sweet taste of freedom! But there were many more wildlife releases in the past year and we have exciting plans for 2018. While at it, we will also give you an update on all our animals. And oh yes: free bears dance!

blue headed parrots flying

In January last year we released a group of 15 blue-headed parrots back into the wild and became the first centre in Ecuador to release trafficked parrots. The rehabilitation program was designed with the help of several international parrot experts and we spent months training the birds for a life back in the wild. Once free, we monitored them for months, using both radio trackers and observers (Thank you Victor and Normand). The birds are doing really well. Of the fifteen only three of them preferred to stay close and hang around camp. We call them The three amigos.

Your donation equals freedom3 toed sloth and baby

So a massive Thank You to all our volunteers and donors: without your support, we simply are not able to execute such groundbreaking release projects. Apart from the blue-heads, no less than thirty sloths were released this year (including this mommy and baby). But also: 2 kinkajous, 1 coati, 3 owls, 1 hawk, 3 possums and 7 boas. Next year we hope to start some very special projects with the potential release of our red howler monkeys and our group of woolly monkeys.

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Animal updates

We will try to keep our traditional animal update short this year. If you feel like there is info missing or you have a question about a specific animal: please e-mail us and we will update you personally.
Capuchins: The rascals of all new world primates are doing well. Sinchi has become the leading male in the group which is causing some tension with kind-hearted Cameron. They live in the same enclosure but often in separated compartments. Tina, Sofia and Sam are well as in Moira.

Woolly monkeys: Yes, we got delayed and distracted by many new arriving animals this year, but... the intended release site for the woolly monkeys is nearing completion! There is still some work to do but the tracking device is here and their radio collars on the way, so we can monitor them safely and follow their wellbeing. Diego, Nekane, Niña, Carlitos, Malala and Mico are all in good shape and we hope to introduce youngster Maya in the group before release too.

Red howler monkey ChiliFirst we hope to release the howler monkeys, despite some intensely sad news.The week before Christmas Seamus got sick and died within 2 days. It went so fastm we could not stop it. We are devastated as she never had any issues. We are monitoring the others closely to make sure they are ok. Seamus made it possible for us to introduce Emuya and Niamh to each other. They have both lost their best friend, but thanks to her, they now have each other. We hope to continue the planned and Ministry-approved soft-release. This might still come too soon for tiny Chilina (meaning orange in Kichwa), pictured here above. She arrived at Merazonia last year only a few weeks old. She is doing remarkably well and is a feisty girl!

Tamarins Billy and Tamara are now in together and getting ready for release too.
Parrots - big and small:  The trafficking of birds remains a big problem and new parrots arrive almost every month. We are evaluating our blue-headed parrot release at the moment and aim to form a new releasable group with the newcomers. Seen the success of the blue-headed parrot release, this option would now also be open for bigger parrots and macaws, provided that Merazonia is situated in their natural habitat. Not a bird, but still happily living underneath them is Misses Guatin. Blue and yellow macaw Malcolm flew this year for the first time in 8 years. He is also a she; proof being that she laid an egg in the same week she flew. Malcolm then decided that this flying thing is highly overrated (or perhaps she is just lazy) and has not done it since.
Kinkajous: Julietta is free and doing well! Romeo is still struggling though so we are taking it nice and easy with him. Laeti is doing well and Whistler 'the special one' still enjoys the extra attention he gets daily from volunteers.

Puma Merazonia Pangui

Puma Pangui: Doing really well. She is relaxed yet active and has gotten a beautiful redo of her enclosure.

Wildlife monitoring: We keep monitoring wildlife activity in the reserve with trap cameras and have caught some great footage this year, among which from a dancing andean bear. You can find the video on our youtube canal.

Homo sapiens: We feel priviledged to have had so many volunteers come and help us in 2017 and to see some stay on, or return, as coordinators. And to top it off our fierce leaders, director Frank and veterinarian Louisa  got married in October! Along with Roz, Jeni and Guido, they will work hard to guide many more animals towards freedom in 2018. That is all for now. We wish you all an amazing new year and we will try to keep you updated regularly.

Merazonia bus stopAndean bear MerazoniaFrank and Louisa Married