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Please donate to help feed our local zoo animals

During this Novel Coronavirus pandemic, when we all are worried about the health of ourselves and loved ones (including our pets), it’s easy and understandable that we may forget about the wild animals in nearby zoos and animal rescue centers, who still need to be fed daily by their zookeepers and caretakers. Due to the new curfew restrictions and government mandates, no more guests are allowed to visit, thus depriving them of the necessary entrance fees to feed the animals and maintain the staff. The local Amaru Zoológico-Bioparque spends $10,000 monthly to feed and care for 1,300 animals as: $1,000 for veterinary care and supplies; $6,000 for fruits and vegetables; and $3,000 in meat, poultry and fish.

To make a donation online, please contact the Amaru Zoo website at:

In the nearby Tarqui parish, the Yurak Allpa Zoológico Refugio and Cetreria (Falconry Center) is a private sanctuary with 200 species, all who are sheltered while recovering from being injured, abandoned, abused and neglected. Each month founder and owner Alberto Vele drives into Cuenca and spends over $4,300 in food costs. Cash donations to the Tarqui Zoo can easily be deposited inside any Banco Produbanco branch, c/o “Alberto Vele, Savings Account (Cuenta de Ahorras) #12070005457”.

For additional information about these two non-government facilities, you may read my past photo-articles published in Cuenca Dispatch Newspaper (May 20, 2018) and also in Issue 2, No. 44; and posted online at the Cuenca High Life website, May 12, 2018. Also, recently Cuenca Expats Magazine posted another photo-article in page 21 of the current 38th Issue written by Fiona Mitchell.

Please join me in helping to sustain these animals, birds, and reptiles, often visited by excited schoolchildren during field trips (I can still remember my past school trips to the San Diego Zoo, where I later worked for five years from 1970 to 1975). Thank you for your kind support during this crisis,

Bartley Dalfonso

City: Cuenca