Pita our puma, who came in as a baby.

Juvenile Puma Pita lying down with a playful expression
pictures of pita our puma

Why is the puma called “Pita” in our Sanctuary?

Pita, a young Puma from the region of Pital, embarked on an unforeseen journey that led her to Rescate. Her path took a somber turn when she was discovered in the wild by an individual who brought her under their care illegally. Arriving at the Rescate facility as a mere kitten, Pita had already formed a connection with humans, albeit at the cost of her natural instincts. This early phase of her life was marred by illness, attributed to both her premature human interaction and her frail condition.

It is not only illegal to take wild animals out of their natural habitat, but most people lack the knowledge of proper wildlife care, resulting in inadequate nourishment for Pita. This led to a state of parasitism and anemia that further compromised her well-being. Pita’s beginnings were marked by hardship, and her survival hung in the balance multiple times before her condition stabilized. Through perseverance and diligent care, she overcame the odds, gradually blossoming into the spirited and lively feline she is today.

Would you like to help? You can easily make a donation here,
do an internship or just simply visit Pita 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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