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Rescue, rehabilitate, and release local wildlife back to its natural habitat

Project name:

Wild Sun Rescue Center

Project purpose:

Wild Sun Rescue Center is a non-profit organization located in Cabuya, Costa Rica. We are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of our local wildlife, and are continuously striving to find solutions to the threats they face.

Every day we treat sick, injured and orphaned animals that are affected by various threats including electrocution, dog and cat attacks, and illegal pet trade. Our primary goal is to release each animal back to the wild.

In addition to animal care, we are actively promoting conservation and offer internships and veterinary externships to increase community engagement and global awareness of conservation in Costa Rica.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction
  • animal rehabilitation
  • community awareness


Costa Rica

Central America

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


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • animal husbandry
  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices
  • reintroduction of species

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Dormitory (upgrade to a shared deluxe room at extra cost)

When does the project run?

All year


accommodation included, cooking facilities (optional meal plan), electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, hot shower, western toilet, wifi.

All volunteers are guests of the Wild Sun Jungle Resort and have access to the yoga deck and infinity pool. Volunteers are housed in shared dorm style rooms unless you would like to upgrade to a shared deluxe room at extra cost.

How long can I stay?

12 weeks


  • 18 years old
  • willing and able to work in all weather conditions
  • comfortable being on your feet for 6-8 hours per day

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

We work with the local wildlife with main focus on howler monkeys. We have an onsite vet-clinic for immediate care. We treat wildlife at all stages of life. Volunteers are required 6-8 hours of work 6 days per week. Volunteers are involved with animal husbandry such as diet preparation, syringe and bottle feeding, enclosure maintenance, administering medicine, and more as needs dictate. We also run a scarlet macaw reintroduction program - if interested in volunteering with the macaws and this specific initiative, make sure to include this in your application.

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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