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.
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.
There is also a family of deer who have made the Jaguar Rescue Center their home.
The program takes in animals every day. Many have been injured or orphaned.
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.
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