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for only $15*
A small price to get to know the stories of the animals, us and learn about conservation of costa rica fauna and flora!
*for adults, only $ 10 for kids.

Donation Prices

The prices of your ticket is a donation to help us with our mission of protecting and restoring costa ricas wildlife.

National and Resident Price

You have to show us a valid Costa Rican ID card.

National Adult

13-64 years old

₡ 9,900

National Child

2-12 years old

Must be supervised by an adult over the age of 18.

₡ 4,900

Must be supervised by an adult over the age of 18.

National Senior

65 years old

₡ 8,900

Foreign-Price

NA

International Adult

13-64 years old

$ 35

International Child

2-12 years old

Must be supervised by an adult over the age of 18.
$ 15
Must be supervised by an adult over the age of 18.

International Senior

65 years old

$ 30

Additional services

The additional services can be rented or purchased at the main entrance at the rescue center.

Mini Cart for kids

Rental
₡ 3,000

Wheel Chair

Rental
FREE

Lockers

for Luggage and bags

Lockers are located at the main entrance.

₡ 1,000
You’re helping us with your visit

Where does your money go to?

When you support us, you’re paying the price to invest in meaningful causes. Here’s how your contributions make an impact:

 

  • Sanctuary Support (38%): Your funds ensure the well-being of our residents, covering animal care, food, maintenance, and our dedicated employees who keep everything running seamlessly.
  • Rehabilitation and Medical Care (26%): We provide essential medical care and supplies for the animals in our rehabilitation center and wildlife hospital, ensuring their recovery and well-being.
  • Taxes (18%): Despite being a registered non-profit, we still have financial obligations, including taxes, which account for a portion of our budget.
  • Release Site Maintenance (11%): Your support aids in the upkeep of our release sites and helps animals transition smoothly into the wild, ensuring their successful adaptation.
  • Endangered Species Breeding Programs (7%): A vital portion of our funds is dedicated to breeding programs aimed at preserving endangered species, safeguarding their future.

Every percentage represents a critical aspect of our work. Your generosity fuels our mission, allowing us to continue this important conservation work. Thank you for being a part of our journey and helping us make a difference!

Sanctuary

Wildlife Release Sites

Rehabilitation Center & Veterinary Hospital

Breeding Program for endangered Species

Taxes

Visitor Reviews

Rick
August 2023
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Great experience. Rescue center was far above my expectations. Eduardo was wonderful. Easy to Uber back and forth from SJO area. If you have the opportunity to book this tour do it.
Ryan
August 2023
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Amy was super informative and delightful. We learned a lot about nature and the relationship with human impact in Costa Rica. Wonderful tour with amazing animals well taken care of and cared for.
Milie
June 2023
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What an amazing and educational experience. My guide was Janina and she was so knowledgeable and I could see that this was not a job for her, instead her passion. Gladly made a purchase at the souvenir shop (as the proceeds go to the rescue center) and the salesperson, Meli, was so kind and welcoming. So grateful for all they do. This is definitely a must do if you’re visiting Costa Rica.😊❤️
Silvia
May 2023
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Valeria has been a fantastic guide, truly passionate and knowledgeable. Highly recommended. Do your research and support a real rescue center like this one. Forget about zoos and all the other places that are more interested in making money than saving animals.
Lara
October 2022
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Wow what a amazing way to spend our first hours in Costa Rica. This is a tour that everyone should do. Costa Rica is doing some very good things for conservation and other countries should follow their example. You must take your children on this tour with Amy so that they learn the value of keeping animals in their natural habitat!! And they’ll have tons of fun too. Not to miss.
Tracy
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Tracy: This place is 💯 worth stopping at! Took the family to explore and it feels like you're walking through the jungle and seeing a variety of plants and animals. Loved being able to get so close to the sloths, monkeys, ocelot, cougar and iguanas. Capybara we're running around under foot and there were wild birds flying around the enclosures of the kept ones. Animals look happy and well cared for - what an amazing place!
KM
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We had an absolutely magical experience here at RWRC. We went with our 4 children ages 14/12/4/2 and they all loved it. We only saw two other people while there so it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. We booked a private tour guide, Amy, who was not only lovely and knowledgeable but very patient ( as our youngest was a bit overtired that day ) she taught us a lot and made the whole experience a day to remember. Thanks so much Amy! The passion and kindness that the staff have for these animals is incredibly heartwarming. I would highly recommend stopping by if you're in the area.
Ben
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I am always skeptical about these things, but it seems like this is a real rescue center. The place is laid out well. The animals look healthy. Wikipedia states, “It is administered by a conservation nonprofit foundation called Fundación Restauración de la Naturaleza,[5] which also is responsible for the country's largest rehabilitation center in the Rescate Wildlife campus.” It looks like it started as a zoo and then they started conservation efforts. Note that the actual wildlife campus is off-limits to visitors. I absolutely loved the huge iguanas walking around everywhere along with the random other animals outside of the enclosures along the paths. The giant bamboo grove is stunning, so don’t miss that. The crocodile is huge. Finally, don’t miss some of the talking birds. They were totally amazing. It was interesting to hear birds who speak better Spanish than me.
Anonymous from Tripadvisor
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Very nice! The animals are close and easy to see in the enclosures. They are very healthy and relaxed. Much to see, so many bird species, all are great, the mature trees and plants, especially bamboo, are stunning. We spent 3 relaxing hours. Nice restaurant, we had nachos, very good! VERY handicap and stroller friendly. Even has an easy access, large handicap restroom. Perfect for 80 year old Mom in wheelchair. Wide, easy, gentle grade pathways. Even parking lot is good for handicap or senior, children, unloading. Be sure to pull all the way up to the main entrance inside to unload if needed. It is important that we see these amazing animals in person to appreciate how important it is to save them and save their habitats. These animals are on display, and being wonderfully cared for, to increase the awareness of the need for their survival. They are there to be seen and loved in order to save others like them at risk in the wild. Pay, go, enjoy, share.
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This place was a real eye-opener of how we humans miss treat our animal friends. I was very impressed with how they take care of their animals and how much room they have. All the employees who work there are very well informed about how the place is operated. I would go back hadn’t been to a place like this ever.
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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What to expect on your visit at Rescate Wildlife.

We are open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm, every day of the year! You can also find our opening hours HERE.

Yes we have a free private parking lot. Our staff will guide you to a free spot for your car. Find our more about your visit here.

Children are from 2 years old to 12 years old. Below 2 years old are free, and 13 years old would be considered an adult rate. For more information click HERE.

For a regular entrance you do not need to reserve ahead of time, but if you are interested in a guided tour, you do need an online reservation. Here is the link to our reservation platform: TICKETS & TOURS

Yes, there is not problem for you to bring in food to enjoy a snack or a picnic. We ask that you not bring in any alcoholic beverages or BBQ’s.

No, we do not allow pets. We have a lot of animals that are roaming wild, including Iguanas, peacocks and other birds. For the safety of your animals and ours it is not permitted to bring in any pets.

Yes, you can bring in service animals, as long as you have the appropriate documentation and the animals are identified as so.

Yes, we have a restaurant onsite which is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm as well. The restaurant is open to the public, you do not need to visit the sanctuary in order to eat there. Would you like to get more information and see the menu? Click HERE.

Yes, we have free wifi in various parts of the sanctuary, including the main entrance and restaurant. There is not wifi on all of the trails.

No, these are wild animals and we do not permit any interactions with them. Our animals are well looked after and fed a nutritious diet, feeding them can cause health issues, or unwanted or unsafe interactions. Please respect them by keeping your distance. If we find that anyone is feeding or touching the animals we do reserve the right to escort them out of the property. 

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