Zanja Arajuno Ecological Center (CEZA) is a non-profit institution created on 12 September 2007 by an interdisciplinary group of professionals tied to nature and to the Amazon (permit No. 00113 from the Work and Employment Ministry). About Zanja Arajuno
Our philosophy is equal and traditional use of land as practiced by indigenous communities, based on the adequate management of biological resources intertwined with cultural and social identity. The exploration and use of traditional practices will contribute towards the development of an alternative to the western lifestyle that permits sustainable use of resources and guarantees a local, stable economy. As a self-managed wildlife rescue center, Zanja Arajuno receives students, researchers, and interns, as well as national and international volunteers. About Zanja Arajuno
About Zanja Arajuno
Zanja Arajuno is located in the Colonia Libertad, Community Mariscal Sucre of the Parish San José, in the Cantón Santa Clara, Pastaza province, Ecuador. You can find us 4 kilometers down vía San Ramón, which intersects the Puyo-Tena highway at kilometer 32.
At Zanja Arajuno you will find the last remaining forests of the high Ecuadorian Amazon, a fringe of foothills that connects to the ecological corridor OGLAN. The climate is tropical and humid with average temperatures of 20ºC (68ºF) and 90% humidity. These temperatures and the surrounding watershed of the Arajuno river allow the forest to remain a lush refuge for the unique species of this region.
Routes of action: management and conservation
Zanja Arajuno works to promote sustainable and ecological development in indigenous, mestizo, and rural communities, who all face diverse struggles to maintain their land. Here we combine western knowledge with traditional practices and age-old wisdom to conserve and manage native Amazonian fauna.
The roles of conservation and management are not mutually exclusive. We practice husbandry, research, and permanent monitoring of various species to facilitate the study of their biology in situ. Illegal hunting has caused irreversible damage to Amazonian fauna; therefore these types of studies have allowed advancements in the field of rehabilitation and reintroduction of threatened species while simultaneously contributing to their conservation.
Zanja Arajuno investigates wild animals with the goal of conserving Amazonian biodiversity. Its objectives are a response to the need for models of sustainable use that improve the quality of life of the Amazonian foothill inhabitants as well as contribute to the reestablishment of ecological balance through community participation and strengthening of local politics and organisations.