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The Story of Guapo, our Jaguar.

Jaguar Guapo prowling through foliage in sanctuary
Jaguar Guapo in the Sanctuary -  photo by Jeremy Conte
Jaguar Guapo in the Sanctuary – photo by Jeremy Conte

Why is the jaguar called “Guapo” in our Sanctuary?

guapo the jaguar when he was a baby

Guapo stands as our resident jaguar from Guapiles , he came to Rescate Wildlife when he was but a helpless cub, discovered floating on a log in the aftermath of hurricane Otto.

At that tender age, he still relied on his mother‘s nourishing milk for sustenance. Yet, given his size and vulnerability, a return to the wild wasn‘t possible. However, we‘ve committed ourselves to his well-
being, providing him with an expansive enclosure, abundant environmental stimuli, and meticulous care. He symbolizes the magnificence of his species and reminds us of our duty to protect and cherish such remarkable creatures.

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