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The Rescue Center is located in Alajuela, Costa Rica just a short drive from the Juan Santamaria International airport. The original location from 2009-2015 was on Moin beach in Limon, Costa Rica.

Unfortunately, we were forced to leave the previous location because of the arrival of a new shipping port called APM terminals. Disappointed but not deterred we found a new location for our center and relocated all of the animals. We continue to work endlessly to improve the project and are extremely proud of all the help we have received from our volunteers over the years.

We have an on-site hospital staffed by dedicated vets/interns and comfortable living quarters which can house up to 60 volunteers at any time. The animal enclosures include but are not limited to an aviary, sloth gardens, and monkey cages all surrounded by nature in order to allow the animals a place as close to their natural habitat as they recover from their wounds.



Vanessa Lizano started the Rescue Center in Limon, Costa Rica over ten years ago. She worked hard over the years and grew the project from a small farm with a few animals to over 100 in 2015. She took a hiatus for a few years after the death of her good friend and fellow conservationist, Jairo Mora. During her time away her parents were able to maintain the project until last year when Vanessa returned and once more took over the reins. In the last year since October 2018, she built a new website, a back-end platform, put together a team of private safe drivers, incorporated a brand-new menu with healthy alternatives and changed all protocols and procedures for the staff. The changes have been drastic but the reviews on google and trip advisor over the past year tell the real story. For Vanessa, the animals come first and she works hard to make sure they are well-fed and cared for each and every day. She implemented strict rules for animal handling to ensure the animals that can be released will be released. It is her passion, hard work and tireless love that has made the project something truly special. The Rescue Center operates at the current time on a beautiful farm in Turrucares, Costa Rica but in the near future, she expects to open new and exciting locations throughout the country all under the Rescue Center umbrella.

Click here to learn more about Vanessa.


Laura Lizano and Ismael Vallejas handle the day to day operations of the Rescue Center. They arrive early each and every day to meet and greet all new volunteers as well as the coordinators. They are responsible weekly for planning the work that needs to be done as well as organizing the adventure and turtle tours. Volunteers who sign up direct with Rescue Center can count on them to handle any problems or needs you may have during your stay.


The Vet team at the Rescue Center is comprised of our head veterinarians as well as a combination of volunteers and interns. The members of the Vet team are the only ones who are allowed to physically handle the animals with instruction the veterinarians. Vet team members are rotated and we work hard to make sure as many volunteers get to spend time working in the hospital. Daily duties include but are not limited to feeding our orphaned animals, administering necessary medicines and ensuring our permanent animals are healthy and well-fed.


The Rescue Center employs a staff of around 10 people. The employees are part of our family and they all care deeply about their work and the animals. In addition to their normal duties, you will often see them helping with human and animal food prep, enclosure cleaning as well as farming and cage building.

Rescue Center Costa Rica - Trip Advisor Reviews