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Proyecto Asis
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Volunteer Program and Tour at Wildlife Rescue Center in Costa Rica
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Owner description: Previous Reservation is required. Proyecto Asis is a Wildlife Shelter and Environmental Education Center located very close to La Fortuna. Wild animals which have been found wounded, forsaken or are rescued from the black market by the local forest rangers are brought here. Those that cannot be released are used within our educational programs. In order to finance our shelter, we offer daily tours and volunteer activities. Schedules: Monday to Saturday at 8:30 am or at 1:00 pm. Sundays Closed. Easy access facilities and trails for all ages.
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Had a great time with the animals... its so nice to see people taking care of them. I LOVE seeing the wild animals in there natural habitat, but this is the next best thing. =)

Visited January 2012
Thank Nick C
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New York City, New York
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“The Perfect Place for Animal Lovers”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

If you love animals and are looking for more than a typical zoo-type exhibit, this is the place for you. We did a half-day volunteer program and were the only people on the property besides the people who work there. Carlos, our friendly guide, met my family and I at the gate where we were also greeted by about 5 dogs, a cat, and a kitten. Several of the animals accompanied us on the tour.

Carlos brought us to each of the cages and explained what the animals were and why they were there. Mostly they are there because they were kept illegally. The organization's goal is to rehabilitate the animals and help them return to the wild whenever possible. We were able to see one of the sloths they had released the week before in one of the trees.

We were allowed to pet many of the animals including a peccary, kinkajou, and several types of monkeys. There are also owls, macaws, parrots, and others. Carlos also explained about the trees and plants in the area, and encouraged us to try eating termites. (We passed on this, but he ate a few)

After the main tour we had the opportunity to prepare food for the animals. We cut up yucca and papaya, made cornmeal balls for the birds, and got lots of bananas ready. Then we got to feed all the animals which was a whole lot of fun. Carlos is very good in telling you what animals you can and can't touch. Luckily we were able to interact with many of the animals. We held hands with monkeys, hand fed the kinkajou, went in the macaw cage, scratched the sweet peccary's belly, and more. One of the monkeys loved my husband and from outside the cage wrapped his tail around my husband's neck and played with his hair. Carlos was also great in that he offered to take pictures of all of us.

Advice: Make sure you make advanced reservations. You can't just show up, the gates will be closed.

All in all this was a wonderful experience. Our entire family (2 adults and 2 teens) loved it and had an opportunity to interact with animals in a way we never had before. It is not a fancy place, and you can see that the money you pay to volunteer will be well used for all the food and care the animals need.

Visited September 2012
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Naples, Florida
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“One of the Most Amazing Experiences in My Life”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

We signed up for the half day volunteer program. Carlos met us at the gate and told us about why the animals were there and who started the project. Our first animal was Perla, a friendly peccary. She loves Carlos. We held hands with spider monkeys and white faced capuchin monkeys. We fed a kinkajou, ate termites, saw a sloth, were followed by dogs and kittens. Coco the spider monkey stuck his hnd in my food bucket and started shoveling the food towards him, the kittens ran to the cage. We all held our breath when Coco grabbed the kittens.

Carlos took pictures of us. We also made tortillas for all the many birds, macaws, toucans, parrots, owls, chickens. Carlos loves his job and is so passionate about the cause. I would like to volunteer for at least a week!

Visited September 2012
Thank toniamonkey
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Wildlife Reguge”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Awesome way to learn about wildlife in Costa Rica and see how they are trying to rehabilitate and release!

Visited September 2012
Thank brownize
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New York City, New York
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“My favorite experience from my whole trip! But wear LONG pants...”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

We had a great time here, learning about all the animals and their story of how they got there. Very educational and I would highly reccomend it. It takes about 30 mins from the middle of La Fortuna. Our hotel was able to nogotitate the taxi fare to $50 roundtrip, since the first company wanted $90. It was defintely worth it.

The only bad thing is that we had gotten really bad mosquito bites in the 3 hours were there. At least 50 bites on my legs and arms..bug spray didnt work.

You need to book in advance, since they only have an 8:30am and 10:30am time slots. You chose the volunteer program which you can feed the animals.

Visited August 2012
Thank nyctraveler718
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