NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary

Protecting the native wildlife of Costa Rica
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For over 20 years NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary has provided refuge and care for wild animals that have been the victims of human-wildlife conflict, deforestation and the illegal pet industry.
Sunday, 1 January, 2023

Working alongside the Costa Rica government NATUWA are committed to caring for the beautiful wildlife of Central America. ​With an onsite veterinary clinic, a dedicated biology programme and a devoted team of carers, these rescued animals can live out their lives with exceptional care - and where possible, be released back into the wild where they belong.

As well as caring for the essential needs of the animals under their care, NATUWA are also passionate about conservation. They support Macaw conservation by supporting reproduction and a rescue, rehabilitation and release program. They planted 2000 trees to restore the local environment, creating a forest reserve which attracts all sorts of free-roaming wildlife that are seen coming and going daily including Howler Monkeys, Ocelots and Iguanas. They are also invested in environmental education, to inspire the next generation of Costa Ricans to protect the treasure that is their nature.

In January 2023 I spent a month at the sanctuary, to immerse myself in the natural environment of these species and study their biology and health. I fell even deeper in love with the sloths, tapirs, big cats and iguanas than I already was beforehand! I saw first-hand the fantastic work they do to help animals in need brought to their gates, and the loving care provided to those who are sadly not able to be released.