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Jaguar Rescue Center Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Jaguar Rescue Center Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

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The Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo is a great way to spend a few hours during your visit to the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

Not only will you get to see a large sample of the animals that live in the area, but you will also get to learn about these jungle natives and support the efforts of the center to rehabilitate them and return them to the wild when possible.


There were no jaguars during our visit, but this young Ocelot “dward leopard” was in residence


Colorful Snake At the Jaguar Rescue

Colorful Snake Slithers By

Toucan At The Jaguar Rescue Center

One Of Many Resident Toucans Flying Free At The Jaguar Rescue Center

The Jaguar Rescue Center was opened in 2008 by Primatologist Encar Garcia and her husband Sandro Alviani. It is temporary home to an abundance of wildlife including snakes, frogs, monkeys, sloth, several types of birds.

Green Costa Rican Frog

Frogs Being Raised As Part Of The Center’s Conservation Efforts

There is also a family of deer who have made the Jaguar Rescue Center their home.

White Tailed Deer At Jaguar Rescue Center

White Tailed Deer Family – Permanent Fixtures At the Jaguar Rescue Center

The program takes in animals every day. Many have been injured or orphaned.


Snakes Are Brought In To The Center On A Daily Basis

Sloth At Janguar Rescue Center

Sloth Getting Ready For Release Back Into The Wild

Costa Rican Bird

Birds Are Encouraged To Fly Free When They Are Able

Naturalists and volunteers work together to rehabilitate the animals and train (or retrain) them to hunt so that they can be released back into the wild if possible. The Center owns a 125 acre La Ceiba Wildlife Reserve for that purpose.

Howler Monkey

If You Are Lucky You Will Be Allowed To Play With Baby Monkeys During Your Visit

Anteater Learning To Hunt

Anteater Learning To Hunt

Costa Rican Spiked Tree

Tree With Spiked Trunk – Part Of The Natural Environment

Tours run Monday – Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and cost $10.00.  Visit them to learn more and support their efforts.

Or better still if you have 3 weeks to spare, carry insurance and are up to date with your vaccinations you can join the cause and become a volunteer. Learn more by visiting their site: Jaguar Rescue Center

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Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo

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Thursday 16th of February 2017

Great to see that these animals are released back into the wild wherever possible. So often places like this are just there to make money from the tourists and not for the benefit of the animals. Glad that's not the case here.


Monday 2nd of March 2015

Oh my goodness, that sloth is adorable! I love places that rehabilatate animals and who's goal is to return them back to their home. Its such a great alternative to a zoo for animal lovers like me :)


Sunday 1st of March 2015

This place looks amazing--I love spots like this! Will definitely have to visit sometime. Great photos! I really like the photo of the frog :)

Vicky and Buddy

Sunday 1st of March 2015

Too bad you didn't get to see any jaguars. Still looks like you had an amazing time though. I was able to go to a cheetah rescue in South Africa and it's great to learn about native creatures and the efforts being done to protect them.


Sunday 1st of March 2015

Costa Rica's wildlife is one of my favorite parts of this gorgeous country. My hats off to the people reahbbing and caring for these animals.