Welcome to NATUWA
Place of refuge and protection of wild animals
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Macaw Conservation program
The red macaw is among the most representative birds of Costa Rica.
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Guided educational tours
Learn with us about the importance of keeping wild animals in their natural environments.
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Volunteer Program
The animals of the Sanctuary enjoy good physical and mental health thanks to the generous support of the volunteers.
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Great green Macaw
The conservation project of the Ara ambiguus.

Macaw Sanctuary

Natuwa Wildlife Sanctuary

NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary, provides protection to the wild animals that have been victimized by human actions, such as hunting, removal from their environments and the deforestation. These actions within natural environments of wild animals increases the vulnerability of the species and causes immense damage to ecosystems. Many times, the result is a large quantity of animals expelled from their habitats, with physical and psychological ailments that are overcome with much difficulty.

Macaw Conservation

Macaw conservation NATUWA Costa Rica.
Manmade nest for scarlet macaw

The Sanctuary of Macaws, promotes the conservation of the wild populations of scarlet macaws (Ara macao) and great green macaws (Ara ambiguus).

Lapa verde (Ara ambiguus)
Great green macaw (Ara ambiguus)

The macaw, is in the most beautiful group of birds of Costa Rica. Therefore, NATUWA executes a management program; This involves rescue, physical-ethological rehabilitation and experimental reintroduction to the environment. In addition, it investigates aspects of animal behavior in captivity.

Macaw conservation NATUWA Costa Rica.
Scarlet macaw (Ara macao))

For this purpose, the macaws that confiscate the officials of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) are used. Also participate, the police, the Fire Department and the civilian population with voluntary deliveries.

Wildlife animal sanctuary Costa Rica

NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary, provides refuge to several species of wild animals of Costa Rica; these animals present physical and behavioral problems; For that reason, they need to be house in a real sanctuary for the conservation of wild animals.

Rescate Jaguar: Onka y Baguira
Onka y Baguira, Jaguar (Panthera onca)
Voluntariado en Costa Rica con animales silvestres
Dinamu the Jaguar rescued

Why these animals arrive at NATUWA?

Unfortunately, they are extracted from different natural environments by anthropogenic causes; like hunting, destruction of the habitat and even problems of coexistence between fauna and people (See Sanctuary of Jaguars).

On the other hand, the life of an animal in captivity demands special physical and mental health; this implies, a lot of space to run or fly. In addition, up to the opportunity to isolate themselves from their own species.

Also, the sanctuary houses more than 200 macaws that require environmental enrichment every day, thus guaranteeing these beautiful birds of the neotropics a life in captivity that promotes animal welfare. In addition, among these parrots, we give protection and care to more than 20 disabled macaws; in enclosures specially built for birds that can not fly. This is due to the mismanagement that they have received when being captive in the house of the human being; being part of our project of animal conservation for the next human generations.

Exotic parrots

Santuario de animales silvestres.

In contrast to the parrots of Costa Rica, we also provide support to many exotic animals that come from other ecosystems: South America, blue and yellow macaws (Ara ararauna), sun conures (Aratinga solstitialis), hyacinths (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus); Australia, Eclectus (Eclectus roratus); Africa, Yacos parrots (Psittacus erithacus) and among other species.

These organisms, being exotic birds, can NOT be released in the natural ecosystems of the national territory of Costa Rica. But, they do require the same care that is given to the native animals of Costa Rica, in addition to due respect. In their original environments, exotic birds suffer the theft of nestlings from their nests to be sold in the illegal pet market. In this way, they are under threat of extinction as are many parrots in the world; these also requires help from animal conservation initiatives.

Bibri and Sibú the tapirs (Tapirus bairdii)

The 5 freedoms of animal welfare

Therefore, the NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary, in addition to scarlet macaws (Ara macao) and green macaws (Ara ambiguus) and other exotic parrots, also shelters mammals of great biological importance for the ecosystems that need to be conserved. Such as: anteaters, tapirs, jaguars, sloths, macaws, white-tailed deer, spider monkys. This fauna of Costa Rica is supervised and cared for by a team of specialists in order to provide them with the following freedoms:

  • From thirst, hunger and malnutrition.
  • Of discomfort.
  • From pain and illness.
  • To express normal behavior.
  • From fear and stress.

International animal rescue

In addition to the support of Costa Ricans, we also have the support of our community of international volunteers. These wildlife conservationist are people who offer their generous help to the animals of the sanctuary. The NATUWA wildlife project acquires part of its economic resources from the International animal rescue  Volunteer Program.

Volunteers play a leading role in the rescue of wildlife

Costa Rica promotes the conservation of its biodiversity

The NATUWA Sanctuary works with the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE); under the Costa Rican wildlife conservation law.

NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary, Costa Rica
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