We are a Swiss couple, Véronique Grand y Yvan Bouvier, who came to live in the Ecuadorian Amazon in 2001. Like many others, we are worried about the environment and the treatment of the animals and consequently we created a foundation dedicated to the preservation of fauna, flora and indigenous traditions.
The future of the forest and its inhabitants is our greatest concern: The current government has given permissions for the exploitation of natural resources without moderation and this represents only a small percentage of the destruction in comparison to illegal felling. In
Unfortunately, in this country there are many people that do not think about the treatment of animals: Animals are treated, trafficked and killed in horrible ways. Hunting takes place at whatever time of year which leaves thousands of baby animals orphaned and destined to be sold as pets or toys. They often end up in cities in the Sierra, very far from their natural habitat where they sadly finish their lives caged, tied up, mistreated or in laboratories.
We know that the Ecuadorian Amazon has the highest level of biodiversity in the world and now is the time that we can still do something to save it.
Our primary objective: To save the natural environment and the animals which inhabit it.
With the aim of fighting for the wellbeing of the animals and nature, we have created a foundation: “Los Monos, Selva y Vida”, which in English means “The monkeys, the forest and life” and have established a rescue centre for the animals where orphaned or mistreated animals find a new family and a safe place where they can live free in the forest: without cages or chains.
Los Monos, Selva y Vida is a registered foundation - Fundación « Los Monos Selva y Vida » , Acuerdo No.468 DP-MBS-P, Puyo / Pastaza, Ecuador.
The centre is located on a hectare of land inside primary forest, near to the town of
There are currently few studies on the animals of this area so we also dedicate time to studying the behavior of the animals in our centre. In 2007 we obtained a license for the management of forest life and the board of the foundation now has 13 partners.
Currently we are looking for funds to acquire 50 hectares of primary forest with the aim of extending the rescue centre, studying vegetation and to collect seeds for the reforestation of degraded areas. The estimated cost of this project is $100,000 (US Dollars).
In the future we want to create a serpentarium to educate people on reptiles. Very often they are killed only because of an instinctive fear; very few people know how to distinguish between a harmless snake and a dangerous one. We also want to work with the Ministry for the Environment and the Ecuadorian Government to define a program for the rehabilitation and reintegration of species back to the forest.
Thank you for visiting our website, through which we hope to unite the strength of people that are working towards the same objective.