The Jaguar Center is a very well run business. It is staffed with young, enthusiastic employees, who are eager to answer any question about any animal. Surprisingly, there are no jaguars there. As I understand it, a jaguar was rescued by a family and kept in or near their home. They then got the idea to expand their rescue, and their facilities, having had success with the jaguar. Animals housed there indigenous to Costa Rica include, but are not limited to, howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, and parrots. There is one cat there - the Tigrillo or the Margay Cat (I cannot remember which).
The monkey cage is particularly interesting because they actually let you go into the cage (don't try to touch or hold onto the small, most active one! He/she bites).
Most of the animals there, once rehabilitated from an injury, are encouraged to resume their lives in the jungle. There are a few exceptions. For example, there were some birds there that had their wings clipped and could no longer fly. They were not released. Another was a (deer), a doe that had become so pet-like that they could not let her on her own in the jungle.
I highly recommend this approximately 2-hour excursion - it is relatively inexpensive and a good way to spend the afternoon, particularly if you are traveling with children. The entrance fee goes back into the business, as do the proceeds from the crafts and souvenirs sold there. You can consider them donations to a great cause!
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