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Jaguar Rescue Center

Since they started their work in 2008 they have rescued an average of 500 – 700 animals per year and successfully released over 40% of them back into their natural habitat.

What is the Jaguar Rescue Center

The Jaguar Rescue Center is a temporary or permanent home for ill, injured and orphaned animals. With a focus on birds, reptiles, amphibians and small primates, the JRC provides veterinary services, round-the-clock care and comfort to animals that would otherwise be unable to survive in the rainforest or the sea of the Caribbean.

The primary goal of the JRC is to rehabilitate animals and reintroduce them back into their native habitats. Monkeys, birds, sloths, snakes and more are brought to the JRC, and treated by professional veterinarians, caregivers and a hard-working team of staff and volunteers. Food is lovingly prepared, medication is administered, and all animals get personal contact with their caregivers. When they are healed and healthy, most animals are reintroduced to their native habitats to live out their lives in the land that is their home.

For some of the friends brought to the JRC, reintroduction isn’t possible due to the nature of their illness or injuries, and these animals find a permanent, loving home at the JRC, cared for by a team of staff and volunteers, living in habitats that mimic their lives outside the JRC.

In addition to the animal-care services, the JRC provides educational services to the residents and visitors of Costa Rica, as well as internship and research opportunities for biologists, veterinarians and researchers from around the world.


Tour details


When Monday to Saturday (The Center is closed on Sunday)
9:30am and 11:30am
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost $20.00 USD
Children under 10 visit us for free
Payment accepted in cash or by credit card
Language Tours are offered in English and Spanish.
French, German & Dutch subject to availability.
Recommendations This is an outdoor activity and we do tours rain or shine. Come prepared according to the weather. We have lockers for your belongings.
Note No prior reservation necessary. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to secure your spot.




Here's what people say about us

  • We had an amazing time with the most gracious hosts. My wife, two kids (5 & 1) and myself stayed for 10 days in October. Out room was excellent. We had more space than we needed and the kitchen was fully equipped. Often we felt that we were in our own paradise and there was limited interaction with other guests as everyone was off exploring different parts of this wonderful country and specifically the Caribbean coast. Our hosts were very informative and were always there when we needed them. They were anything but intrusive and give you as much space as you wish. Property is well maintained and all of the spaces are clean. There are of course bugs but you are in the jungle so that should not be a surprise. We did not encounter any mosquitos and that is in large part thanks to our hosts and how well they maintained the property. All in all we had a fabulous time. Thank you, gracias, merci!!!

    Ibojan – Tripadvisor