Raquel's Ark
Raquel's Ark
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Raquel's Ark is both an AirBnB Hotel and Exotic Animal Rescue Center. we receive animals that may have been injured or abandoned. We are supported by donations. We receive new animals daily. we have Two Toed Sloths, Kinkajous, Coatimundi, River Otters Howler Monkey. Coyote, Owl, Toucan, Raccoon, Puma Jaguarunri, Margay.
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Daydream252685
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We stopped in to see Raquels place for a short visit. For the most part it was enjoyable. She does have great affection for the animals and they look healthy enough. My only negative feeling was for the leopard . The cage is small and he is intact.constantly spraying and pacing. Could he not be neutered or maybe given to a larger facility . She does seem to care for him but the facility seems very inadequate .I applaud her passion for the animals and I know I'm not aware of all the circumstances. I wish her and the animals all the best.
Written March 1, 2020
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Peroquin
Ameland, The Netherlands13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Here are the charity’s tips for responsible wildlife photography:

"A 'bad' wildlife selfie is an image or post in which a wild animal is being held, touched, restrained or baited for the purpose of being a photo prop."

"A 'good' wildlife selfie is where any image or post of a wild animal in which there was no direct human contact and the animal was not being restrained or in captivity to be used as a photo prop."

Source: World Animal Protection

Good work, rescuing animals, but FREE them, don’t exploit them! Asking donations to feed them.... let them live in nature where they belong and you don’t have to feed them.

Good intentions, but bad at the end!!

Written March 12, 2019
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There is no animal abuse at Raquel’s Ark. The animals are supervised by The Ministry of the Ambiente. The Ministry decides where they go. I just provide a good clean home and good food
Written March 16, 2019
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cepage1ca
Boquete, Panama112 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We visited this place in August and were very disappointed. Based on the reviews I was expecting great things but the reality was very different. First I must say that Raquel shows a lot of love for the animals she has but there is not much to see and the majority of her animals should really be released as there is no need for them to be kept there. I would not call this an attraction it is more like someone showing you a couple of there pets. I would not recommend this to others.
Written August 27, 2016
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Danny de Mena
Panama City, Panama4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Mixed feelings about this one. Love the fact Raquel is taking the time to care for the animals BUT if these animals are injured and in recovery I believe they should be released after they are well again. Isn’t that the way it usually works if the animals are capable enough? I did not see a single animal with any considerable injuries. But I may be wrong. Here on TripAdvisor it states that donation are welcome but when we got there, before we stepped in, a beautiful little girl (Camil) greeted us with a big smile and said “the donation is 20 dollars please….” So much for a donation…

I cant say the animals were in a bad state but I can’t say they were in an ideal state either. The 200 lbs Jaguar for example, it lives in a way too small and flimsy cage. Im sure if that pussy cat feels the need to get out he could…At least that’s the feeling i got. If you go with little kids MAKE SURE you keep an eye on them because poking a finger through the single fence would not be the prettiest site.

They have several cappuccino monkeys and a local Titi monkey which I have to say I loved. Love Titi monkeys. The monkeys were well kept in my opinion.

The sloths? Well, there was only one since the second one had to be put down due to a very strong infection apparently. The remaining sloth was a beautiful female that loved to be petted and fed flowers and tucked away in her red blanket.

I personally like the little possum like animal that loved to climb up my arm and down my back… Not sure of the name of these little jumpy things.

In general I think its ok but the Jag needs to go to a bigger place or exported to a proper zoo. I simply believe it could be an accident in progress, given the fact that it’s a single fence cage. You step and he steps out in a blink of an eye.

I would love to see that some of the proceeds go to pay for little Camils’ education. She is 14 and still not in school…..

Would I go back? Not sure, maybe…
Written March 3, 2022
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gozzi
New Orleans89 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
I guess my expectations were that the animals were being rehabilitated for release if it is possible. However, they are being kept for Raquel's own enjoyment when some could be turned loose. It is rather sad to see two sloths living in a dog crate or animals spending their lives in cages when they don't need to be. It is worse than the average zoo where the animals usually have space to roam.
Written October 13, 2018
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Elizabeth I thought I explained to you that the ministry of the ambient in Panama makes decisions concerning the animals. My responsibility is to provide a safe loving environment for the animals. All my expenses are met by my Social Security and visitor donations. I'm inspected every month and I passes flying colors. Most of the animals would be killed if they were released. The animals that come to me injured are healed and released. The animals you saw what kept as pets. Respectfully yours Raquel frame
Written October 16, 2018
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sunshinensand2012
Beijing, China42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Raquel is very friendly and passionate about the animals. I would not consider this a professional place but more of an interesting stop at someone's house that has exotic animals. Do leave her a tip to help her care for and feed the animals.
Written March 5, 2018
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vickiellenmartinmack
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
Sloths usually die within a year of this kind of treatment. They need to be living in treetops. Not impressed with Raquels Ark.
Written November 13, 2017
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Thank you for your review. Yes, I put them into the trees during the day. They have been with me for 7 years.
Written November 15, 2017
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Debbie8591
Phoenix, Arizona37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
This animal rescue is at a person's house, just off the main street in Volcan. There are a variety of animals, like raccoons, coatimundi, monkeys, and sloths. Pro ~ get up-close and personal with the animals. They let you hold the sloths and sometimes the monkeys, and you can go in some of the pens. I don't know any other place you can go to hug a sloth! Con ~ it's a bit rustic and raw. I once saw a dog carcass in the jaguar pen (food) and the pens are mostly cement bottom cages. Children are sometimes leading the tour and asking for donations.
Written September 12, 2019
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Marne C
Sonoma County, CA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
My wife and I had a wonderful visit with Raquel and her rescued animals. The sloth and the monkeys love to be held, as does the coatimundi. (The jaguarundi was shy however, and we were happy to view the jaguar without touching!)
Raquel is amazingly welcoming, and she’s very articulate in describing the animals wild lairs and habits in addition to the ways she makes them feel at home in her sanctuary.
Well worth a visit. Note that the ‘sign’ for the location is painted on the front wall.
Written August 17, 2019
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Thanks for your visit and generous support. What kind of sign would you recommend ?
Written August 18, 2019
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Bbbbugs
Boquete, Panama9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
If you visit Panama, want to experience wildlife up close,-really close- and see Panama's tallest mountain, Visit Raquel's Ark in Volcan. A twisting road with lots of ups and downs from Boquete takes an hour and a half, to reach Volcan. Raquel's Ark-, not much to look at from outside, but just wait until a baby Howler monkey starts climbing over your head, and you look into it's dark eyes! You'll fall in love instantly! And there's more! In this upside down world, the pair of Two-Toed sloths are perfectly happy to hang on your arm, neck, or anywhere they can, just feed them an Almond or two. Like cats? Raquel has several, including the largest in the Americas-yes, a Jag!!! And Coatis, and more!
Written April 28, 2018
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Thank you so much for your visit and review. I try to do my best for the animals and the guest. Again, thanks Raquel
Written April 29, 2018
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