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The Sanctuaries


Trafficking and possession of wildlife is a serious problem around the world, especially when ecosystems where these species are destroyed and constantly disturbed. Costa Rica’s new law forbids the capture and confinement of wild animals. Now let’s help the government do something about it.

The Solution – Lazy J Wildlife Sanctuary & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

Together we can move towards ending the illegal wildlife trade in Costa Rica. Support our efforts to provide the proper care and retirement for those confiscated by the government and brought to our sanctuary for rescue, rehab, release or retirement. Join us in giving neglected wildlife a second chance at life.

Lazy J Wildlife Sanctuary

A one-of-a-kind private 500 acre wildlife reserve in the southern mountains of Costa Rica.


Lazy J Wildlife Sanctuary

iRescue®’s premier Costa Rica rescue center facility.

Welcome to the Lazy J Wildlife Sanctuary in the southern mountains of Costa Rica. This is pura vida country at its finest. Surrounded by native fruit, vegetable and cattle farmers, our secluded private facility lay tucked in the mountains surrounded by 1000s of acres of virgin habitat. Help us on our mission to be the solution to solving Costa Rica’s illegal pet wildlife trade. Our facility gives neglected, abused, injured and previous confined animals a second chance at life.


Our Location

Our remote, secluded location allows us release certain animals directly on our property for reintroduction into the wild. Some stick around and just want to be part of the family and we are blessed with their daily presence in our lives. This is a private reserve not open to the public. Become a donor and we welcome your visit.

Contact Us

Not open to the public. Want to visit. Contact us.

  • Please feel free to contact us. Email is best since reception in the mountains is not that good. Please allow us 24 hours to respond to general inquiries.
  • If you have an animal emergency in Costa Rica, please call or text Juan Luis at 8692-6306.

Our Partner – Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

iRescue®’s partner sanctuary is one of the most comprehensive wildlife rehabilitation centers in Costa Rica.

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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

Our Mission: Save the wildlife of Costa Rica's rainforest.

The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a facility that receives animals that the government of Costa Rica confiscates from any type of illegal situation. That is usually the illegal pet trade or illegal domestication by people. We also receive abandoned or orphaned baby and adult animals that have been injured but survive. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back to their natural habitat and to provide sanctuary for those animals that cannot be returned to their natural habitat because of disability, injury or severe over-domestication. We also work to educate and enlighten the people of the world about the amazing animals of Costa Rica!


Our Location

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is located between Dominical and Uvita in the southern zone of Costa Rica. This facility is open to the public. We encourage you to visit Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and see first hand how a dedicated team of professionals and volunteers are devoted to save the wildlife of Costa Rica.

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Sanctuary Hours

  • Hours of Operation
  • Tuesday – Sunday 1.5 Hour Tours
  • 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • Closed Mondays
  • Minimum Donation of
  • $25 per adults
  • $15 per child 12 and under
  • Special Donation Minimum for Nationals
  • $20 per adult
  • $10 per child 12 and under
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