Wildlife Rescue Center

The wildlife of Costa Rica are not to be used as pets. In short, NATUWA treats wildlife with 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.


Refuge and protection

Since 1994, NATUWA has been dedicated to creating a Wildlife Sanctuary to provide refuge and protection to rescued animals. 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 wellfare to both the confiscated wild animals and the local biodiversity.

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

Wildlife Sanctuary.

Different species of animals are rescued and rehabilitated in the facilities of our Wildlife Sanctuary.

Confiscated rescue animals

In essence, the Wildlife Rescue Center, recieves confiscated rescue animals from the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), National Police or Fire, and civil society.  The Volunteer program, these organizations and individuals support the rescue, rehabilitation and,  at due time, the liberation. NATUWA’s wild animal management program focus on the execution of the 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
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