Volunteers at our Wildlife Rescue Center will help with the daily tasks of feeding and caring for our animals, along with basic cleaning and maintenance.
Costa Rica is known for its great diversity of plants and animals. However, human development, the accompanying destruction of natural habitats, and illegal hunting have led to a precipitous decline in wildlife populations, causing many species to be in danger of extinction.
We believe by doing our part in helping injured wild animals and educating the public on the struggle of these animals, we will be helping to restore the balance between humans and nature.
This project began 12 years ago and was founded by a local veterinarian and his son. It is a beautiful and tropical haven located on 8 acres of property near the Arenal Volcano. Currently our "family" is made up of many kinds of birds, caymans, monkeys, boars, herons, ducks, an adorable and fuzzy kinkajou named Benjamin, raccoons, dogs and cats.
Who do we work with?
Our project is officially recognized by the Ministry of the Environment, Energy & Telecommunications (MINAET) as well as the Monteverde Conservation League, the non-profit administrators of the world-renowned Children´s Eternal Rainforest (Bosque Eterno de los Niños.). Covering 54,000 acres, this rainforest is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica.
What do we do?
Our Wildlife Rescue Center strives to give our animals the care and respect that they deserve while rehabilitating them. Many animals come to us injured, dropped off by concerned citizens or park rangers. We care for them and release them if appropriate. Some animals are not good candidates for being released back into the wild, so we adopt them ourselves.
We are also committed to providing quality Spanish language classes (optional) at our on-site language school, where we help volunteers improve their Spanish language skills and learn more about Costa Rican culture. Lastly, our project offers a variety of opportunities for our local communities and foreign participants to work together in order to increase environmental conservation awareness through communication and community service.
How can you help at the Rescue Center?
- Care and evaluation of recently arrived animals
- The introduction of animals to their new living quarters according to their natural habitats
- Cleaning of cages and living areas
- The maintenance of facilities
- The preparation of foods for the animals
- Feeding the animals
- The daily care and eventual liberation of animals back into the forest
- Surgeries and Medical Care
|Complete Project Information|
|Type||Conservation & Wildlife|
Minimum: 2 Days
|Start||Any day of the year, but beware the center is closed on Sundays|
|Cost||See Prices page for more information|
|Schedule||Pick up from host family is usually 8am, lunch is at center and then drop-off at host family house (or hotel) is usually 3pm.|
|Accommodations||Local Host Family (An upgrade option is also available to a nearby hotel. Contact us for more info.)|
|Materials or Preparation Needed||All materials are normally provided, however we love to work with volunteers in advance to see if donations of materials might be us.
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