Volunteer Program and Tour at Wildlife Rescue Center in Costa Rica - Reviews

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serenawainwright

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

YOU NEED TO DO THIS!!! My husband and I are wildlife enthusiasts and had the honor to be part of the volunteer program at Wildlife Rescue Center in Costa Rica. The program is well thought out, the experience is authentic and true, and our guide, Carlos, is well informed and passionate about his work. Highly recommend this tour and feeding experience for all ages and abilities. Thank you so much for your wisdom and work ethic Carlos. I'll be passing the card you gave us at the end of out tour to my grand daughter in the hopes she'll be able to come and work with you. Thank you a million times over, what a highlight to our trip.

Chad T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This should be the first thing you do when you're here. You learn about the animals then get to prepare their food and feed them. Monkeys, birds, hogs, raccoons, and caymans. Awesome time and learned so much!

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

This tour was an education once in a lifetime experience. Carlos was our guide, quick witted and passionate about the animals.The animals in the rescue center are being well taken care of by a staff that has a love for the natural world around them.

scott w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This should be mandatory for all first time visitors to Costa Rica !!! We had an amazing time and learned so much about the wildlife. The hands on expense was so amazing. Our guide Carlos was informative, entertaining and passionate. This is a must!

Dina G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Very informative!!

Penne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Can't say enough good things about our afternoon of volunteering. This was the highlight of the visit. Carlos is high energy, funny and totally dedicated and knowledgeable about the animals. He gives everyone equal time to learn about each one and if ok, to pet each one. Feeding time was a blast. We were 2 adults in the middle of 3 families with kids and everyone had a blast. I do recommend if you have children that they be at least 7-8 yo or older. anything younger will become tired and bored and will interrupt everyone else in the group. This is worth the time and effort to participate. It is about a 25-30 min cab ride 40SD from downtown LaFortuna and worth it!.

Emilio G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Amazing, a dream come true for a father son adventure, really passionate people working for the program. Highly recommend it!

Katheryne U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

A must do in La Fortuna! Get up close with the wildlife of Costa Rica and learn more about why a wildlife rescue is so necessary! I highly recommend

Michal A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

A MUST!!! Our guide Carlos was absolutely wonderful. We learned a lot about the animals and truly enjoined feeding them. One of the most memorable experiences of our trip.

allan h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

enjoyable

David J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Staff were very informative and helpful and we got to see a broad range of animals and birds.

crystalcalbreathfras ...  United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

The tour was awesome the guide was funny and talked about each animal in detail. The best part was after the tour we prepared the animals food then fed them it was really fun.

Ramy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This was one of the best experiences of my entire trip to Costa Rica. The guide, Carlos, was very passionate and knowledgeable. It felt wonderful knowing that the majority of the animals we were feeding and helping and learning about were being returned to the wild. Would just agree with other posters that you should definitely bring bug spray and make sure it's powerful- I used some and still got bitten quite badly on my legs. It was still worth it though- would gladly go again.

pfried1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Didnt know quite what to expect but we absolutely loved it.It was definitely educational but I got a better understanding on alot of costa Ricas animals and efforts.Carlos does make this tour,he's very passionate and charismatic.Bring bug spray and ponchos.My kids were 15 and 17 and my daughter now wants to go to camp there for a week!

Rebecca G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

I loved being able to feed the animals and to interact with them.

Rachel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This was definitely one of the coolest things we did in CR! We got to be a small part of rehabilitating these wounded and special animals. The tour guide was a wealth of information and taught us so much about Costa Rican wildlife. We would definitely do this again! High four like a spider monkey!!!

Robert A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Incredible tour and experience, largely because of the tour guide Carlos. Probably a 4-star without him - he earns a star himself just for the energy and passion he brings. Our kids loved his stories and true love for the animals and cause. Don't miss out on the extra option to feed animals - it's worth the money and then some. This is probably worth a trip to the La Fortuna area on its own. Go.

MIKE B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Definately one of the highlights of our trip, and we were there for 2 weeks. Carlos was great, very educational for us and our children. Highly recommended!

Patrick H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Great time. Carlos was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour a fun one! Do yourself a favor and opt for the extended tour so you can feed the animals. It was the highlight of our trip!

Taylor W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

The highlight of our trip! A truly unique opportunity to learn about and interact with the beautiful animals of this country. Be sure to wear STRONG insect repellent when you visit.

Suzanne M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

AMAZING!! I would highly recommend. We did the 3 hour tour. We learned so much about the wildlife they are trying to save and feeding the monkeys and birds was a life experience. Remember you have to reserve your spot and wear closed toed shoes.

Kelly I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Amazing time, and there aren't too many places out there you could have a comparable experience. Our guide was funny, lots of side stories, really brought the educational side to light, and had a great time with the different animals. Rained the whole time.

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Excellent tour. Far better than I thought it would be.

Kathryn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

This was a great opportunity to learn more about the native animals of Costa Rica. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and did a great job of making us think about implications of human interventions in the natural world. It was great to have the opportunity to help with the care of the animals, especially since it allowed us to interact more directly with the animals. I'd definitely recommend a visit!

Brittany S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

This was one of our favorite experiences in Costa Rica! We saw monkeys, parrots, a baby porcupine. I fed spider monkeys, gave a wild pig a belly rub, and a baby monkey played with my hair. Our tour guide was funny, charming, and knowledgeable.

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