The Rescue Center is located in Turrucares, 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.