A unique conservation and rehab facility in Ecuador teaches locals and tourists about endangered species and the equatorial rainforest.
The amazing encounters here not only cemented bonds between people and animals, but showed how one dedicated person can make a life-saving difference for threatened animals, and an ecoystem.
Every animal in this faciilty had an amazing story, but the highlight for me was an unlikely pair. Enemies in the wild, but best friends in rehab, this hawk-eagle and baby monkey shared a powerful bond.
The orphaned monkey often fell asleep under the gentle talons of it's surrogate mother eagle, suggesting to me that hatred and bigotry are probably not genetic.