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Centro de Rescate Las Pumas, Canas

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Visit Centro de Rescate Las Pumas and learn about the foundation's aim to rescue, rehabilitate and provide quality of life to the many big cats, primates and other animals residing here. The rescue center provides a temporary or permanent home to many species that have been victims of hunting, deforestation and the pet trade. Majestic pumas, jaguars and playful white headed capuchin are just some of the wildlife rescued, living here since the center opened in the 1960s. Tours tell each individual animal's story and the work of the foundation. See some rare creatures while supporting an important project. By using our Canas trip builder, you can arrange your visit to Centro de Rescate Las Pumas and other attractions in Canas.
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  • Our visit has allowed us to see animals that it is almost impossible to see in nature. However this Center is too similar to a zoo, which was a bit disappointed. We thought coming in a protection centre with large enclosures for wild beasts, but these are in small cages. This much has we embarrassed...
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  • We stopped here on our way from La Fortuna to Tamarindo Beach. The animals were either rescued as babies or from being kept as pets. I felt a little bad for the animals that they were in cages (no mat...  more »
  • These guys are wonderful, they are taking in exotic local animals who were confiscated from private homes and cannot be returned to the wild. The enclosures are spacious and the animals appear to be w...  more »
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  • This place wasn't extremely expensive (I think $12/adult), but even so, I was disappointed. All of the cats aside from the jaguar were sleeping, on platforms up very high so you couldn't see anything but an empty exhibit. The jaguar came out for a minute, before retreating into the forest out of site, but at least we actually saw something there. I understand the animals are what they are, but why not make their beds a bit lower so you can at least see them? Otherwise, what's the point in going? There was also very little signage- many exhibits had none at all which was disappointing. A place that prides itself on education and preservation should try a bit harder to educate. The name of the animal isn't enough. We left feeling jipped. The parrots were neat, they say "hola" which is a fun novelty. There were a few monkeys and a badger, I think it was? Sure, fine, but there are much better places to see the cats. I recommend doing LaPaz Gardens and waterfall if you want to see great cat exhibits!
  • A great chance to see some amazing rescued big cats up close.
  • Muy bonito, lindas especies y excelente trabajo de educación ambiental.
  • Highly recommended place, is nice to see Bruno the Puma jumping and above all the story of Rafa Jaguar.
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