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“A fun way to spend a couple hours” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center

Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center
South Puerto Viejo, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
506-2750-0710
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Santa Barbara, California
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“A fun way to spend a couple hours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011

There are a number of amazing animals on display. They are all interesting, but the real sell is the fact that you can go play with monkeys. They climb all over you. It is a blast.

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“amazing animals, and dedicated workers!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

when i first got to the center, we were introduced to our tour guide and then immediately were brought into a room with about 10 monkeys. I thought that i would love to hang out with monkeys, but the truth was, i thought it was a little weird. They told us to just stand there and a monkey might jump on your head. Thankfully, a monkey didn't go on me, but it was really enjoyable watching to monkeys play. After that, we say exotic frogs, sloaths, alligators, and a wildcat. The only part i didn't enjoy was the snakes. We were brought into a room with cages of snakes, our tour guide spent about 45 minutes talking about each individual snake (i just don't find this very interesting). Overall, the tour was very enjoyable and worth $14!

Visited June 2011
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“Not to be missed.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011 via mobile

Hubby & I went there today with our 2 kids. We were all enthralled; just a great place doing really great things.
Kids under 10 are free & the entrance fee is very reasonable - all going to the center... Best value for money by far. Note that you can only get in at 9:30am and 11:30am.

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“So glad we fit this into our trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

We had such a great time. I would absolutely go back and I recommend it. The founders of the center are a primatologist and a serpentologist. The animals are treated well and are either prepared for reintroduction to the wild or rehabilitation for a stable life at the center.
We were able to hold the young howler monkeys which was the highlight. They need the stimulation while they are young so they allow the public to spend a max. of 30 mins a day with them. Our tour guide educated us on the process of rehabilitation and and the life cycles of some of the animals at the center. They no longer allow the public to handle their sloths but you still get a close look.
You can take the bus to Puerto Viejo if you are not staying near the center. We took a taxi from P. V. to the center for 3000 colones ($6). We decided to walk back to the P.V. bus station which took close to an hour.
The center is closed on Sundays. We went on a Monday and it was really busy. Luckily they split us up into three different tour groups but that meant that we got less time with the monkeys.
The center is maintained by volunteers (who work for free) and tour guides (who work for tips). Bring a bit of extra money to tip your tour guide.
Bring a camera! Also bring water because it gets pretty hot walking around.
The tour lasted about an hour and a half.
The money you spend on your ticket is the money that the center generates for caring for the animals. Each ticket is $14 and kids under 12 (I think it's twelve) are free. Refer to their website for prices.
You have to go on one of the tours and there are only 2 tours a day. The times are on the website as well but I think they are 9:30am and 11:30am. We went at 9:30am.
You really should fit this into your trip. We made it there in our last couple of days of a two month trip. I wish we had of gone earlier so we could have gone twice!

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“Loved the sleepy monkey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Jaguar Rescue Center. I have worked in animal rescue centers before and I was very impressed with everything they have done for the animals of Costa Rica. They are extremely knowledgeable about the animals they work with and are very dedicated to their cause. It is a MUST SEE stop in Puerto Viejo...it's not everyday that a howler monkey falls asleep in your arms.

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