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Jaguar Rescue Center | La Ceiba Primary Forest Foundation

Animal Welfare
Environmental Education
Puerto Viejo

The La Ceiba Primary Forest Foundation was created in the year 2018 and its main objective is to contribute to the conservation and welfare of wildlife living in the Costa Rican South Caribbean region.

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Rescue – Rehabilitation – Release

The La Ceiba Primary Forest Foundation was created in 2018 and its main goal is to contribute to the conservation and welfare of wildlife living in the Costa Rican South Caribbean region.

We collaborate closely with the Jaguar Rescue Center, founded in 2008, a temporary or permanent home for ill, injured and orphaned animals situated in the Caribbean shore of Costa Rica. With focus on birds, reptiles, amphibians and small primates, the JRC provides veterinary services, round-the-clock care and comfort to animals that would otherwise be unable to survive in the rainforest or the sea of the Caribbean. Rescued animals are re-introduced into La Ceiba Primary Forest, which is a biological corridor free of urbanization.

In 2019 we received 749 rescued animals with a success rate of 40% of reintroduction into the wild.


Established in 2008, the JRC is an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. With unconditional care and love, the JRC rehabilitates injured, sick and orphaned animals and releases those who are restored to good health back to their natural habitat. In addition to the animal-care services, the JRC provides educational services to the residents and visitors of Costa Rica, as well as internship and research opportunities for biologists, veterinarians and researchers from around the world.


Shock Free Zone

Each year there are more than 3,000 electrocutions of wild animals in Costa Rica. Dozens of mammals such as monkeys, sloths, anteaters, opossums and kinkajous, as well as birds and reptiles are electrocuted daily on power lines throughout the country.

To tackle the problem from its source we launched the Shock Free Zone program from La Ceiba Primary Forest Foundation, in cooperation with the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and the supervision of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE). It consists of insulating transformers and electrical lines that are currently without insulation. We buy the materials to insulate lines and transformers and ICE has graciously volunteered to provide professional staff, equipment and specialized vehicles for installation

In 2019 alone, we isolated 29 transformers, 3 km of secondary lines, 2,2 km of single-phase lines, 2,7km of three-phase lines and we set up 4 new aerial wildlife road bridges.

Sea turtle rescue tank

In 2019 we rescued 12 green sea turtles from a failed poaching expedition, a major endeavour and the first time in our organization’s history. We quickly had to provide vet care for the seriously injured, assemble habitats, communicate with authorities, and organize a release for those turtles who could be immediately be returned to the sea.

This undertaking has required unforeseen investments and ongoing expenses that unbalanced our budget. We are still working diligently to help these animals and have an urgent need for financial support.

Our goal is to improve infrastructure for supporting the rescue of marine species (salt water tanks with filters, water pumps, draining system, hospital equipment).

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