Jaguar Centro de Rescate

Wildlife Reserve in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

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Named in honor of its original resident, a jaguar, this well-run wildlife-rescue center in Playa Chiquita now focuses mostly on other animals, including sloths, alligators, anteaters, snakes and monkeys. Founded by zoologist Encar and her partner Sandro, a herpetologist, the center rehabilitates orphaned, injured and rescued animals for reintroduction into the wild whenever possible.

Volunteer opportunities (US$350 including accommodation) are available with a one-month minimum commitment.