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About our Jaguars Pili and Sixto

foto of pili in rescate wildlife rescue center zooave
pili and sixto jaguars at rescate wildlife zooave
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Pili is a female Jaguar who was kept in captivity, she is around 7 years old. She was confiscated by the government and brought to Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center – Zooave in 2022, where she underwent through examinations to ensure she was healthy and ready to be transferred into her new home.


Life before the Jaguar Sixto came to Rescate Wildlife (Zooave) and reasons why he is here

Sixto is a Male who was born around 2021, and was discovered living in someones back yard in San José after they had called the fire department because of a bee problem. Sixto was living in a very small cage, all cement, with stagnant green water and zero vegetation. He was bought as a cub illegally, eventually confiscated and moved to our facility in 2023.

Health state

After doing his physical exams they found that he had broken his femur at some point, in which he received no medial care and this has now fused incorrectly and his back leg is slightly deformed. He was also showing early sign of metabolic bone decease, which is due to lack of proper nutrition as he was growing.

First interactions between Pili and Sixto 💚 🐾

Pili and Sixto came in from different areas, but after a highly successful introduction these 2 love snuggling, grooming and playing with each other. Sixto is also castrated, as we want to ensure that we will not be having any babies, as there is no facility in Costa Rica at the moment, that could rehab and release jaguars where they will have no human contact. We are never going to breed an animal, for its offspring to live a life in captivity.

Even though they can not return back into the wild, we make a commitment to make sure they are now living a quality life with us!

Their enclosure is over 400 m2, full of vegetation, natural soil, swimming pool and areas for them to rest. Jaguars are boreal animals, so it is important that they have space where they can be up high and explore!


Would you like to help them? You can easily make a donation here,
do an internship or just simply visit Pili and Sixto in our wildlife lifetime sanctuary.

Would you like to get involved yourself?

Become an Intern and have a unique wildlife experience.

Veterinary Internship

Veterinary interns work directly with our highly experienced veterinarian and our rehabilitation staff. You will assist with with animal intakes, exams, treatments, surgeries, feeding and record keeping.

Wildlife Internship​

Work hands-on in the Lifetime Care Sanctuary, Endangered Species Breeding Center and the Rescue Center, feeding animals, conducting behavioral research, and creating enriching experiences for our non-releasable animals or even clicker train our Jaguar „Guapo“.

Road to freedom Internship

This internship gives you the unique opportunity to not only see, but to play an active part in what we call: The Road to Freedom. Aid the animals in their release, monitor and research them and their second chance at life in the wild, the final step on their Road to Freedom.

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