Costa Rica contains some of the most diverse, tropical ecosystems on the planet, filled with rich wildlife that is famous around the world. Proyecto Asis is a wildlife rescue center focused on the protection and rehabilitation of local animals. Visitors can tour the facilities, take Spanish classes, or volunteer to care for the animals, whose natural habitats are often threatened by human development and expansion in the area.
Rangers rescue the jungle animals which have been neglected, abandoned, or poached, and offered shelter and care. Parrots, monkeys, kinkajou, and peccaries are a few of the animals cared for. Many are on the brink of extinction, with rescue centers contributing to the species’ longevity. Some are even able to be released back into the wild.
A visit to the center is an excellent way to see the animals up close, while simultaneously learning and contributing to the preservation of local wildlife.
Proyecto Asis is located in the Arenal Volcano area. From La Fortuna take Route 142 east and follow signs for Javillos. The wildlife center will be located on the righthand side of the road. Open Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm, tour prices begin at $31 per person (1.5 hours.) They also work with volunteers on a longer basis.