Another Tragedy for AmaZOOnico

03 May

I just found out that Angelika, the co-founder along with her husband, Remiggio, of AmaZOOnico and the heart and soul of the refuge died a few days ago in a car accident. She was traveling with her family for vacation and the car collided with a bus.

Angelika first travelled to Ecuador around 20yrs ago where she met Remiggio, a local guide, they fell in love and she gave up everything in Switzerland to move to his remote village on the edge of the Amazon. Together they built AmaZOOnico and spread the word of wildlife conservation to foreigners and locals alike.

Her indomitable spirit and love of the jungle will surely be missed, and we hope that AmaZOOnico can survive without her vibrant energy. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and everyone who is/has been involved with her amazing project and legacy.


Posted by on May 3, 2011 in RTW, Travel, Uncategorized


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3 responses to “Another Tragedy for AmaZOOnico

  1. Barb

    May 3, 2011 at 7:48 am

    This is such sad news. What an amazing couple to accomplish what they did in the jungle. Is there someone capable of filling in for them to keep things going?

    • trailingtrekker

      May 4, 2011 at 2:39 am

      Our head volunteer Sarah (Canada) was set to take over from the present managers in September, but a large part of her being there was Angelika and without her support and knowledge it will be very difficult to continue. But I am certain that Sarah won’t let the place go down without a fight.

  2. Tony Slater

    May 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Wow, that’s tragic. She must have led an amazing life and accomplished things no-one else has done, so that’s a plus side – but I really hope it doesn’t spell the end for Amazoonico. The place is so huge, so well equipped and organized, surely it will be able to carry on. Someone will step up – but in the meantime, my thoughts are with her family. What a tragic, senseless way to go. I hope you’re okay too – it’s always the ones left behind, whether friend or family, that suffer the most.


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