Centro Nacional de Conservación y Recuperación de Especies, Zoológico “Rosy Walther” is a governmental institution that promotes the conservation, recovery and investigation of species, encouraging environment education with people of all ages and educational levels, strengthening the bonds between human beings, the environment and the national patrimony, teaching about the responsible interaction and appropriate coexistence with wild life in their natural habitats.
It is based next to the Parque Naciones Unidas “El Picacho”, and is part of the Honduran governmental ministry Secretaría de Energía, Recursos Naturales, Ambiente y Minas – MI AMBIENTE+ (Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mines – MY ENVIRONMENT+). Rosy Walther was a Honduran entrepreneur who in 1979 promoted the creation of a zoo in Tegucigalpa, which became this centre for the conservation and recovery of species.
The Zoológico “Rosy Walther” covers an area of 25.1 acres, of which 9 acres is composed of its infrastructure for the animals living in it and the visitors. There are non-native animals such as the lion, ostrich, blue golden macaw, peacock, and pheasant, and the emblematic jaguar and tapir. The zoo provides environment education on the flora and fauna of Honduras, studies its issues, encourages the conservation of wild fauna and scientific research, and the opportunity for ecological tourism and a recreational area.
Volunteers can support in two types of areas:
Technical-veterinary: mainly supporting in taking care of the different animals that live in the zoo (approximately 72 species of different animals such as birds, mammals and reptiles, with an approximate total of 400 animals).
Management and Marketing: visiting schools to raise awareness about the importance to conserve the environment, supporting in environment education activities with schools (scientific fairs, exhibitions on flora and fauna), being a tourist guide in the zoo, supporting in the staff trainings, and being a community manager of the social media accounts of the centre.
Volunteer requirements / Skills
The volunteer should:
be at least 18 years old
have basic Spanish and English proficiency
have a high school or university degree
be very interested in working with animals
have a good attitude to coexist daily with the environment