Los Monos, Selva y Vida Foundation is a Swiss-Ecuadorian non-profit organization created in 2005 by Yvan Bouvier and Veronique Grand in order to protect wildlife and the indigenous traditions of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.

The future of the forest and its inhabitants are our greatest concern. The current government is exploiting the natural resources in an unsustainable way. In Ecuador, the deforestation and extractivism endanger the survival of the Amazon while the government continues its activities without any management plan to protect the affected flora and fauna. The massive exploitation of natural resources leaves the animals vulnerable to hunting, habitat fragmentation and pollution.

Wildlife shelter “Paseo de los Monos” opened in 2007 in order to serve as a refuge for wild animals in the province of Pastaza. In our sanctuary, we harbor more than 200 animals who became orphaned or badly injured due to illegal trafficking. We give shelter to many specimens which include primates, procyonids, reptiles, felines, parrots and other large and medium mammals.

Ecuador is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of biodiversity and its forests shelters to thousands of species that will dissapear if we don’t act now to protect them. For this reason, the team of Paseo de los Monos invites the national and international public to become part of the change and participate in our activities for wildlife´s conservation.



  • Rescuing wild animals who live in bad conditions inside Zoo institutions

    In Ecuador many zoos do not respect the basic animal welfare standards while they are still legally operating, they become a threat to our biodiversity. Our goal is to rescue and offer these animals better living conditions. For this reason, Paseo de los Monos invests in infrastructure and food for the specimens who have to suffer the mistreatment inside zoos. Among these animals, it is very common to receive kinkajous, olingos, nocturnes and other animals with mutilations. Since these irresponsible institutions cannot profit out of these type of animals, they do not give them any care or veterinary assistance, leaving them to die in sad ways.

  • Extension of the project Paseo de los Monos

    Biodiversity needs to be protected as an important genetic resource that will allow to restock devastated areas in the future. To achieve this goal, Los Monos team is working to acquire a patch of primary forest located in the edges of Sangay National Park in the Ecuadorian jungle. This project intends to gather local and international investors, scientists, veterinarians and biologists who can help us get the land and build the necessary infrastructure needed to rehabilitate and release the rescued specimens.

  • Organic garden

    So far we buy the animal´s food at a very high cost in the local market. We need to buy one hectare of land near Paseo de los Monos in order to grow our own vegetables and fruits for human and animal consumption. This project will allow us to control the quality of our products and to reduce running costs.