Endangered species rescue and rehabilitation center

Project name:

Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (formerly Rescate Animal Zoo Ave)

Project purpose:

Rescate Animal Zooave is a wildlife rescue center, sanctuary and conservation breeding center in Alajuela, Costa Rica. In 2019 they rescued over 2,700 animals, many of whom were released back into the wild. They also maintain a Life-time Care Sanctuary that houses over 800 non-releasable native animals (sloths, monkeys, jaguar, tapir, mountain lions, coyotes, and many species of birds.

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation
  • animal husbandry 
  • data collection/analysis
  • environmenta Enrichment

Weekly cost (approx USD):




Costa Rica

Central America

1 Ratings


Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration
  • data/statistical skills
  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy
  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices
  • publishes work


Shared accommodation in a house with wifi

When does the project run?

All year


Facility for volunteer: accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, shower (hot), toilet (western), wifi

Facilities for animal husbandry:
wildlife rescue center, life-time care sanctuary, endangered species breeding center, two remote release sites with accommodation

How long can I stay?

one week minimum for volunteers, time commitment varies for internships


  • Strong interest in wildlife and animal welfare.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Rescate Animal Zooave offers volunteer opportunities, Wildlife Rehabilitation Internships, Master's thesis projects, and Veterinary Internships. 

Costs vary depending on the nature of your involvment and your length of stay.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rescatewildlife
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rescatewildlife

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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