Wildlife Sanctuary Monteverde

Welcome to Natuwa, Wildlife Sanctuary in Monteverde!

A Natural Sanctuary

It will take you through a winding path, surrounded by lush trees and a tranquil lagoon, a sanctuary designed to reflect the natural habitat of our rescued wildlife.

Visit us at Natuwa Monteverde, where our conservation mission has expanded to include this incredible community. At our wildlife center, Monteverde residents and the general public can get up close with jaguars (Panthera onca), tapirs (Tapirus bairdii), and sloths (Choloepus hoffmanni), accompanied by our expert guides. 

Sloths, Tapiers, and Jaguars: Ambassadors of Their Species

Each of these beautiful creatures has a moving story that reflects our efforts to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife.

Immerse yourself in the serene world of sloths in our “Sloth Paradise” and experience the majesty of jaguars and the gentleness of tapirs. Each visit is an opportunity to learn about the conservation of natural ecosystems and how each animal acts as an ambassador for their species.

Your visit directly contributes to our mission of environmental protection and preservation. We look forward to sharing this educational and transformative experience with you!

Sloth Paradise

At the heart of Monteverde, with Natuwa, enjoy our exclusive “Sloth’s Paradise,” the only destination of its kind, ready to amaze you. The sloths we host live in a wooded area with various plant species, so these beautiful creatures don’t miss the forest. You can find them in the branches or eating the leaves of their favorite trees. Get ready to live a natural experience with our furry friends, the sloths.

Upon arrival, an expert guide will welcome you at the reception, preparing you for an unforgettable experience.

Sloth Sanctuary, Natuwa Monteverde
Two-toed Sloth

The tapirs we care for are part of our more than 15 years of rescue work. We have learned to care for these charismatic creatures, offering them high animal health standards. With luck, you will be able to witness the tapir’s gallop and its tender appearance. Bubu is a male Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) who enjoys his lagoon and an enclosure of over 1 hectare, and you can appreciate him in front of you.

Visit Bubu the tapir and admire his beautiful appearance.
Bubo explores its enclosure using its sense of smell in search of herbs to feed on.

Remember that Natuwa is a sanctuary, so Bubu the tapir may be resting in the dense forest vegetation in its natural environment. It would be best if you tried to discover the tapir, the gardener of the Costa Rican forest, which is now also in Monteverde.

Be amazed as you appreciate and learn about Onka and Monteverde, our jaguars. Onka, an 8-year-old female, and Monteverde, a 5-year-old male, enrich our sanctuary with their beauty and, often, their mighty roar. We hope you can take away the best of their experience and learn about the vital importance of jaguars in nature.

Our jaguars rest peacefully in their enclosure.
Artificial water body for jaguars

Rescue and Rehabilitation History

Each animal has its own story, from those who have overcome adversities, such as the loss of limbs due to accidents with power lines, to orphans whose mothers faced tragic fates. This one-hour tour is not just a walk; it is an emotional and educational journey that connects you with the struggle and resilience of these animals in an environment that mimics their natural habitat. Furthermore, all the animals are protected by biologists, veterinarians, and natural resource managers, each arriving at the site through the National System of Conservation Areas – SINAC.

Commitment to Conservation

At Natuwa Monteverde, our Wildlife Sanctuary stands out for its commitment to authenticity and animal welfare, offering an alternative to artificial experiences. We are proud to present an environment that not only stimulates our sloths to live as they would in the wild but also educates and inspires our visitors to participate in conservation. With your financial contribution, you help improve the quality of life for the sloths and the Monteverde community families who care for them.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with nature and support a vital cause! Please don’t hesitate to contact us for inquiries, additional information, or information on how to support Natuwa Monteverde.

Monteverde the jaguar, housed in Natuwa Monteverde, Wildlife Sanctuary.

Get ready for an experience you won’t find anywhere else!

Stay connected for inquiries, additional information, or how you can support Natuwa Monteverde. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at:



Phone: (506)88-14-60-00

Email: [email protected]

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