Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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Providing animal encounters with a focus on conservation, Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center works primarily with mistreated, orphaned, injured, and confiscated wildlife native to Costa Rica. Once rehabilitated, the center's proteges return to their natural habitats, located in protected areas that serve as a safe haven for endangered and rare species. Run by local zoologists, the center raises awareness about the importance of conservation and allows you to interact with many of its animals, which include numerous species of amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals. Check the website for more information about guided tours, volunteering, and internships. Work out when and for how long to visit Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center and other Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions using our handy Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip maker .
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  • Three of us took a tour of this great little wildlife rehabitation center. It was clean, the guides were friendly and informative , and we saw lots of animals. Im so impressed that the staff works har...  more »
  • Something that often stops me from going to many rescues is not knowing if they are tourist traps or actual rescue. I have to say from my visit, you can see that the place is ran by devoted animal lov...  more »
  • Great to see all those animals that, if possible, return free in their habitat! Commended the Centre's commitment to carry out such a wonderful initiative! Keep it up!
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  • Make no mistake, this is not a Zoo, this facility is not primarily focused on tourists. This is primarily an animal rescue center. We were told they admit over three hundred rescue animals each year. Many young folks working there are volunteers. Having said that this is still a wonderful place to visit. You will hear stories about animals welfare told with conviction and passion. You might see sloths, monkeys, wild cats within a reach of hand plus many more. Worth your time, pay it a visit.
  • Amazing place. The private tour is strongly recommended, but even the group one must be great. Guides are very enthusiastic about the animals and knowledgeable. Great opportunity to see a lot of wildlife up close without the feeling of a zoo.
  • This place was really really interesting and well worth it tour please note there are two tours per day and if you miss them you out a lot one is at 9:30 and one is at 11:30 it is very educational you can take photos from 6 feet or 2 meters away this is not a zoo this the train and Release Center for the animals there are snakes sloths parrots toucans alligator Pig deer monkeys and many other animals like birds of prey. If I remember it's 20 or $25 per person and all the money they get goes to help the animals
  • They're an "all animal" sanctuary pretty much and didn't see actual jaguars when I went in for the public tour. However, I love animals regardless and it was well worth it. Saw sloths, a couple of jungle cats, monkeys, birds, crocodiles, a pecory, a pelican, snakes, a baby anteater, and plenty more. As they get plenty of visitors you get split into smaller groups of 10-12 and we managed to have a sloth biologist as our guide and you can tell that she loved what she did and was a fantastic educator. They're doing everything they can to help sick/injured animals and they try to release them back in the wild (if not blocked by government or other factors outside of their control), so it's clearly not a zoo as they let their birds fly free and other animals roam around. Small note: if you're planning to buy souvenirs in Costa Rica, buy them here as proceeds help in rehabilitating the animals.
  • Had a fantastic experience here. Tickets were a little expensive ($20/per person) but the money goes directly towards funding the center which, you'll learn on your tour, does tons for these animals. Depending on where you're from some may not be as exciting (cayman, crocodile, pelican), but who can beat baby monkeys and wild monkeys meeting?

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers an excellent selection of accommodations, most of which cluster along the coastline to the north. Many lie on or just off the main highway, Route 256, which runs through the center of town. Budget-friendly accommodations abound here, with a plethora of youth hostels and beachfront bed and breakfasts, as well as a large selection of mid-range hotels.
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