The ECWC is a non-profit organisation that is self funded by founder Ricardo, and a mixture of kind donations, enthusiastic help and sponsored wildlife events. Every year we host around 2,000 visitors and maintain a no-fee policy, but the centre takes a lot of time, energy and money to run. The animals need feeding and cleaning every day in order to remain healthy and there are costs for medicines, maintenance and educational materials for our schools programme. Any help you can give is much appreciated!
Volunteering with ECWC can be an amazingly rewarding and enjoyable experience as well as being educational. Our volunteers learn hands-on how to care for animals and protect our wildlife and environment. Here volunteers are releasing three rehabilitated owls back into the wild.
The most important way you can help ECWC and the wildlife of Trinidad & Tobago is to spread the word - please stop the indiscriminate hunting and killing of wild animals on the islands. If you know any 'hunters' then please let them know that it's not a smart thing to do.
The animals at the centre need a huge amount of food to stay healthy. It's the simplest, yet most important element of rehabilitation. If you have excess fruit or veggies from your garden, farm
stall then please let us know.
ECWC runs with the work of a few dedicated volunteers. If you would like to learn about wild animal care and have some time that you can donate to help then please get in touch with us.
We are continually trying to maintain and improve the animal enclosures at the centre, but our funds are limited. If you can help with a donation of materials then one of our animals gets a new and improved home!
We'd like to say a huge 'thanks' to all our volunteers and supporters. We couldn't do it without you! In addition to our regular volunteers we have photographers supply us with their amazing photos, which are essential to our education programme, and the support of local business owners who supply food and enclosure materials for the animals. Thank you one and all.
''It is a pleasure working with Ricardo, he is our mentor and we are learning new things all the time. He has dedicated a lot of time to what he does and getting us involved as well and having us in this fight for the betterment of our native wildlife. We see so many injured animals that come in and their injuries were caused by humans. Some don't make it, but educating people about our wildlife might help show the importance of these animals within our ecosystem."
Tricia Boodhoo - St. Joseph, Trinidad.
"Volunteering at the ECWC gives me an opportunity to transform people's perceptions and misunderstandings about
wildlife through a positive educational and interactive experience. I am constantly exposed to new challenges but working under the guidance of an experienced wildlife rehabilitator affords me
the opportunity to learn new things while doing something I love. "
Alana Joseph - D'Abadie, Trinidad.
"I volunteer at ECWC because I want to know how to rehabilitate and release animals to the wild and make a better understanding of them."
Zakariyya Ali - Arima, Trinidad.
"I've really enjoyed my time volunteering with the ECWC, and have learned a lot about the biodiversity of Trinidad & Tobago and the threats to it whilst here. I've worked with several different environmental conservation projects before, but never one that runs with such raw dedication and personal sacrifice for the sake of the animals. In particular it's a real pleasure to see the young kids develop an understanding and love of wildlife through the education programme at the centre."
Oli Price - Brighton, UK.