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Visit Us for a nature-packed journey. Experience Costa Rica's amazing wildlife. Enjoy guided tours. Listen to touching animal tales. Observe creatures in spacious habitats. Aid our conservation efforts.

700 animals 120 Species

KIVU Restaurant

Souvenir Shop

Icecream & Coffee Shop

Playground & Picknick-Area

wheel-chair accessable

family Friendly

Our Sanctuary is A place for everyone

About the Sanctuary-Park

Our Sanctuary is situated on 36 acres (14.5 hectares) of natural forest. Our paved walking trails (more than 1.25 miles/2 km) are fully accessible and we have rental wagons for children as well as complementary wheelchair loans. We also have ample parking space. Within our animal sanctuary you will also find; a souvenir shop with lots of local crafts and gifts to bring home to your family and friends, an ice cream shop where we make a wide variety of fresh juice pops such as mango, pineapple, key lime pie just to name a few, a coffee shop where you can sample the best cup of coffee in Costa Rica and the KIVU Restaurant, where you can have an ice cold soda or beer and sample delicious local fare.

Our Mini-Farm

Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center is also a great place in Costa Rica to bring children. There is a two hectare Mini-Farm especially designed for kids, complete with miniature green pastures. A great way to spend time with the family. In the Mini-farm there is a variety of domestic animals including; miniature horses, a miniature donkey, a miniature pig, sheep, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, love birds, parakeets, doves, canaries, a golden and a silver pheasant and numerous white peacocks. Recently we’ve received some donated goats which you can pet now in our Mini-Farm! Here, children of all ages learn love and respect for animals and come to understand the importance of animals of all kinds. The farm is also utilized as a teaching tool for our environmental education program.
KIVU RESTAURANT

Enjoy typical, delicious food at our Restaurant!

Have you experienced the delight of a traditional Costa Rican Casado? If not, here's your chance to savor the authentic flavors of Costa Rica while being surrounded by nature and our animals.

Our lifetime-care sanctuary is the only project out of many that is open to the public!

Why is the Lifetime care sanctuary so important?

First, it provides a home and quality care for all of the animals that would not survive in the wild. Yet, its importance extends far beyond providing a safe home.

 

This sanctuary becomes a living classroom, a space where young minds are nurtured with lessons of conservation, animal protection, and the sheer wonders of wildlife. Through engaging educational tours and visits, we spark the flames of curiosity, fostering a lifelong love for nature in the hearts of the next generation.

Moreover, your visit to our Sanctuary becomes the lifeblood of our mission. The funds generated from your tours and entrances breathes life into our various projects. From supporting our breeding programs for endangered species to sustaining our wildlife hospital and ensuring the success of our release sites, every step you take within our sanctuary contributes to a future where humans and wildlife coexist harmoniously.

 

Join us in this vital endeavor. Your visit doesn’t just create memories; it nurtures dreams, fuels conservation, and paves the way for a world where every living being thrives.

Find out which animals you can spot on your visit!

With over 120 different species of animals, you can find both native and exotic wildlife here. Everything from the slow-moving sloth to the sleepy jaguar, cougars, tapirs, snakes, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, and grey foxes. For avid birders, we have a haven of 40 wild species living freely, including toucans, macaws, and so much more. Rescate Wildlife is a great place to spot birds, close to San Jose or Alajuela.

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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Alajuela, COSTA RICA