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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


Costa Rica

Central America

average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



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

Wild Sun Rescue Center


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.


Reviews & ratings



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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