The Talamanca region of Costa Rica is widely known for its lush rainforest , white sand beaches, its crystal clear waters and coconut rice and beans. It is also known for its wildlife. What many aren’t aware of is that the Caribbean coast is also home to many extraordinary rehabilitation and rescue facilities and the huge community of people dedicated to their preservation.
88% of this region is protected under some category of environmental protection and the wildlife is included in that.
Your guide Dexter, has worked with the animal community for over a decade and has played a huge part in the rehabilitation of dozens of animals. He works closely with the Jaguar Rescue Centre and the Ara Manzanillo Great Green Macaw Rehabilitation Project. For the Jaguar Rescue Centre their primary goal is to rehabilitate animals and reintroduce them back into their native habitats. Since 2008 when Encar and Sandro (2 vetrinarians) started it, they have rescued an average of 500 - 700 animals per year and successfully released over 40% of them back into the wild. In 2010, The Ara Project initiated a Great Green macaw reintroduction project in the South Caribbean coast. This project represents the first time, that this species will be reintroduced into the wild. They have an active community outreach program, encouraging local support and education on how we can play our part.