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Jaguar Rescue Center

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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About Jaguar Rescue Center
Jaguar Rescue Center Public Tours: Monday - Sunday, $22 per person. Children under 10 are FREE! No reservation needed for public tours. 1.5 hours Private Tours: Monday - Sunday at 2:00 PM, $75 per person. Children under 10 FREE! Reservation required for private tours. 2.5 hours WHAT TO BRING: The tours are outside and you will be walking. Water, sunblock, rain jacket or poncho, insect repellent, closed shoes.
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Support wildlife conservation in a lush rainforest setting with a trip from Limon Port to the Jaguar Rescue Center and La Ceiba Private Reserve Release Site. You’ll learn about efforts to protect Costa Rica wildlife and introduce species back into the wild, see rescued animals up close, and take a walk through their rainforest habitat.
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Miranda W wrote a review May 12
Halifax, Canada11 contributions4 helpful votes
What an incredible rescue centre! They activity work to rescue, nurse back to health and release animals, in contrast to many places that keep the animals to show tourists. The guide tour was amazing, loved learning all about each animals rescue story. Our son who was 6 was transfixed! My favourite was the ocelot and seeing the sloths up close! Our guide Max was super knowledgeable, engaged and funny! You must do this tour!!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Diana W wrote a review May 11
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This was one of the best experiences on our vacation to Puerto Viejo! You can tell all volunteers are passionate about animals and that they make a true impact on their beautiful country. Alan, our guide, was friendly and knowledgeable! It was wonderful to see the difference between a typical zoo and the rescue center. The animals are so well taken care of and loved on. Thank you Alan and the Jaguar Rescue Center for all you do!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Stacy T wrote a review May 1
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My husband and I came for a tour at the Jaguar Center, which was very informative and educational. We got to see a lot of the animals that they keep for different reasons, usually because of human activity causing harm to the animals. They don’t show animals that they will release so they can reduce their exposure to humans, which is really great and makes them different than zoos. The tour was much longer than we were told though - almost two hours! We had to cancel our afternoon plans because we really wanted to see the monkeys which were shown at the very end of the tour. It is also incredible that the tour guides are volunteering their time to give tours, and this means they accept tips as their way to keep doing it. But how the tour guide asked for tips was extremely unprofessional. He held his hat out in front of everyone in the group as we walked past him, so we felt forced to put money into it. My husband and I wanted to tip him anyways, but other people in the group seemed uncomfortable and obligated to pull money out to tip, which was awkward. I think there would have been a much classier way of accepting tips at the end of the tour instead of using a hat. Overall we enjoyed the tour, but we would have preferred if it was shorter or were told before the tour started that it was more than one and a half hours.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Blaine D wrote a review Apr 2022
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We want to thank Lindsay from Canada aka Karen, for an amazing and informative tour. We were impressed with the vast knowledge and smooth explanation of all the animals! Thank you to Karen I mean Lindsay and the whole Jaguar Rescue staff
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Date of experience: April 2022
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JQ12013 wrote a review Apr 2022
Hove, United Kingdom24 contributions34 helpful votes
We had a tour with Sara about 10 days ago. She was very knowledgeable, experienced (being on her second stint at JRC) and entertaining. We had plenty of time to look around and see all the animals and ask many questions and she knew all but a couple of the answers. We also had the good fortune to meet the founder, Encar Garcia, who is inspirational. Visiting JRC is an opportunity to see some of the animals that they care for and to learn about the amazing work that they do to try to get injured, orphaned or animals freed from the pet trade rehabilitated and back into natural environment. Sadly, there are those that for one reason or another are unable to be released and it is these ones that can be seen. Those that are planned for release are kept away from the public to minimise contact with humans. No, there are no jaguars and no it is not a recreational zoo. But it is all the better for that. It is about showcasing what the centre is all about as it depends on support from people who care about their efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and release. It is a chance to learn about the species there and the individual animals themselves - about their natural habitat, the reasons for them being there, the condition they arrived in, how they are being cared for now and what is being done to try to educate and prevent some of the causes of injuries to other animals in the wild. You can hear about the incredible lengths that they go to in order to try to release animals back into the wild and their success stories. You can also see how a small group of dedicated individuals (mostly volunteers) under the incredible stewardship of Encar give so much of their time and energy to make a real difference to so many unfortunate animals. Thank you for taking the time to show us around and thank you for everything that you are doing.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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