Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

The wild animals of Costa Rica are not to be used as pets. In short, NATUWA treats wildlife with technical knowledge and respect. NATUWA as animal rescue center, rehabilitates, rescues and guarantees welfare to the Costa Rica’s fauna. Altogether, with the support of the communities and volunteers from around the world.

NATUWA place of Refuge and protection

Since 1994, NATUWA has been dedicated to creating a Wildlife Sanctuary to provide refuge and protection to rescued animals. Costa Rican animals such as ocelots, tapirs, monkeys, jaguars and some exotic animals find relief, tranquility and a home in absolute harmony.

Strategically, the Wildlife Rescue Center is located remotely, quietly and away from highways. The Sanctuary has a 15-hectare property, exclusively for activities that provide welfare to both the confiscated wild animals and the local biodiversity.

Mandy the rescued tapir and her son

The NATUWA Wildlife Rescue Center, has the largest enclosures in Costa Rica, works with a modern infrastructure for each species of rescued animal that inhabits the animal refuge center, either temporarily or permanently, these facilities go beyond the requirements demanded by Costa Rica’s wildlife laws.

Wildlife Sanctuary.

Wildlife sanctuaries are facilities where animals are brought to live the rest of their lives free from hunger, fear, pain and disease.

Is a place of refuge and protection where animals are given the opportunity to live in a protected environment that is as close to their natural habitat as possible.

All the animals in the sanctuary are of equal importance, that is the notion of the caretakers on each species that they protect. A wildlife sanctuary is not open to free will like a zoo. A true sanctuary does not allow any activity that unnecessarily stresses the creatures it protects. Another function of the Sanctuary is environmental education to the public; thus, generate awareness in the way that humans see and treat animals.

Animals rescued by the Fire Department of Costa Rica.

Confiscated animals

Due to Costa Rica’s wildlife law, the law is violated if captive wildlife is kept in houses for domestic use. In essence, the Wildlife Rescue Center, receives from the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), National Police or Fire, and civil society, confiscated animals.  The Volunteer program, these organizations and individuals support the rescue, rehabilitation and, at due time, the liberation.

Macaw conservation by NATUWA Sanctuary
Animals rescued by the Fire Department of Costa Rica.

Rehabilitation of wild animals

NATUWA’s wild animal management program focus on the execution of the rehabilitation processes the confiscated animals need to return again into their natural ecosystems.

Modern Infrastructure

At the Sanctuary, the Enclosures generate the space to promote physical and mental health of non-releasable animals rescued. In addition, we manage infrastructure and the largest in Costa Rica, which facilitates the release of the wild animals.

The enclosures of our Wildlife Rescue Center are donut shaped, this allows a continuous flow of flight of the macaws. Up to the present time, these enclosures with a length of 200 meters, allow the macaws fly up to 10 laps continuously (1 kilometer). Eventually, the benefits provided by the enclosure allow the macaws to return to the forest; since they must be self-sufficient to survive on their own in the ecosystem.

Currently the Wildlife Rescue Center has:
1. Area for keeping animals
2. Neonatal care
3. Veterinary clinic
4. Quarantine zone
5. Food preparation area
6. Residential area
7. Large enclosures that allow uninterrupted flight (200m circumference)

NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary