Mission, Vision & History

Mission: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.


Vision: WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.


History: The WCS Ecuador Program was officially registered by the Ecuadorian government in 2001. Since our foundation, we have worked to conserve wildlife and habitat in the Yasuní Landscape in partnership with indigenous organizations, local government authorities, and Ecuador's Ministry of the Environment (MAE). In 2014, we began expanding our work to the Llanganates landscape. WCS’s team of biologists, geographers, ecologists, resource managers, anthropologists, and communicators have carried out diverse projects in the region, involving elements of applied scientific research, wildlife management, institutional strengthening, capacity building, and environmental education. Our conservation strategy is based on identifying critical conservation problems and developing science-based and community-driven solutions that benefit natural landscapes, wildlife, and human populations. WCS Ecuador has long collaborated with local communities in developing new management strategies to improve their living conditions without threatening the integrity of the natural ecosystems in which they live.