Centro de Rescate Las Pumas

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Place Category: AttractionsPlace Tags: flora and fauna, one day tour, outdoor activities, picnic, rescue center, and wildlife

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  • One shelter you won´t want to miss while in Guanacaste is Centro de Rescate Las Pumas. It is situated in Cañas, Guanacaste and has been an animal shelter home to injured or abandoned Costa Rican animals since the 1960s.The shelter is still operated by the Swiss family Hagnauer, who are local legends in Cañas. This is a labor of love since the shelter does not receive any government funding and relies on visitor admission and donations to survive.

    Speckled with bright accents colors and animated animals murals, Las Pumas is mainly focused on rehabilitating Costa Rican jungle cats but also extends a helping hand to other animals, including different types of birds and monkeys. This shelter it´s the largest of its kind in Latin America, housing big cats including pumas, jaguars, ocelots, jaguarundis and margays, plus a few foxes, monkeys, peccaries, toucans and other birds that have been orphaned or injured. The center doesn´t do tours, but it is easy enough to guide yourself along the nice walking paths using the map provided at the ticket window. The enclosures also have signs that describe the story of each animal and explain how they arrived at Las Pumas so you will get a feel for the issues that face Costa Rica´s wildlife. There are 18 enclosures total, and it takes about an hour to see all the animals and walk around the whole facility. There is also a small gift shop, which helps support the foundation, and some picnic tables if you want to take a lunch.


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