Some of Costa Rica’s jungle residents are easier to spot in the wild than others, but a visit to one of the many cat, bird or other animal rescues guarantees sightings.
You’ll also have a chance to learn about rainforest wildlife from the founders, guides, volunteers and scientists whose enthusiasm and efforts keep these shelters and rehabilitation centers going.
A little education rewards you with a better understanding of the animal’s habits and may even improve your chances of seeing some by knowing when and where to look when you visit one of Costa Rica’s National Parks.
The wildlife in the rescues comes from many sources. Some are pets that people no longer wanted or were keeping illegally; others are injured on roads or by poachers. Some of the locations also breed birds and animals to bolster endangered populations.
Tame animals that couldn’t survive in their natural habitats are on display while others are kept isolated from humans to facilitate their eventual re-introduction to the wild.
All of the locations listed on the menu to the left welcome visitors, but they are concerned first and foremost with the welfare of the animals. If you can afford it please consider making a donation in addition to any entry fee, and especially if entry is free.