International Animal Rescue Costa Rica

International Animal Rescue Costa Rica, Nosara: Hours, Address, International Animal Rescue Costa Rica Reviews: 5/5

International Animal Rescue Costa Rica

International Animal Rescue Costa Rica
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Nature & Wildlife Areas
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
About
International Animal Rescue (IAR) Costa Rica, previously known as Refuge for Wildlife, was established 20 years ago to help protect the wildlife of Costa Rica. If you are curious about the local wildlife, an Educational Visit is the perfect way to find out more. Educational Visits are normally scheduled from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and are limited to 8-10 people. As we are a working rescue center, visits are only possible if you make a reservation in advance (no tickets are issued at the gate). You must be in the country for at least 3 days before visiting us and not have any illness that could put our wildlife at risk (cold & flu). Due to mature subject matter, the minimum age to join us is 7 years of age and children must be accompanied by an adult. A $50 donation per person is required and must be paid at the time of booking to confirm your reservation. 100% of the proceeds go towards the care of the wildlife at our center.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Nancy B
Ucluelet, Canada18 contributions
A must for adults and youth.
Jan 2020 • Couples
While vacationing in Playa Guiones, our family decided to visit this local sanctuary. It was an education on the impact of development on the howler monkey population and what the sanctuary is doing to protect the species. It is a rescue organization as well as a hospital, rehabilitation and sanctuary for a host of indigineous animals. It was a heart wrenching as well as heartwarming experience. Highly recommend.
Written 9 January 2020
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lisatravelstheglobe
Hawaii64 contributions
Very educational and informative!
Jan 2020
We're very impressed by the work being done at this rescue and rehabilitation center. Brenda and her team have been faced with numerous challenges over the years, and are devoted to helping save the lives of injured and abandoned animals as they can –- with their speciality in howler monkeys –– and ideally release as many as possible back into their natural habitat as soon as possible. During her presentation, she explains the intricacies of how she weaves together a myriad of diverse roles including coordinating skilled veterinary care and animal transport, providing community education, providing hands on animal care, and creating relationships with the the local power line company and suggesting safety improvements to reduce the risks of electrocution of the monkeys who often use the lines to navigate through their jungle home. It was an educational and informative tour that left a lasting impression. Recommended.
Written 7 January 2020
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Ronald Edward N
San Francisco, CA16 contributions
Amazing care and a wonderful educating experience
Aug 2018 • Couples
The staff of this center loves what they do. They really work to rehab these animals and reintroduce them into the wild
Written 25 July 2019
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SavannahB
4 contributions
Educational visit
May 2019 • Couples
My husband and I visited this rescue to learn more about local animals and the problems they face. We were heartbroken to learn how prevalent electrocutions and pet trade is in this region. The owner, Brenda, was amazing and went in depth to talk about what they do to help and their plans for the future. She devotes her entire life to rescuing every animal she can, day and night. She goes to schools to speak to children about ways to get involved and she is active in getting laws enacted to protect animals. She has organizations to help and she has the electric company on speed dial to rescue ASAP. It's honestly amazing to see what she's done basically by herself and to hear her plans to expand. She is incredibly respectful of her animals and permanent guests are treated with the utmost respect. This rescue is funded by donations so tours and donations are vital to her ability to rescue these animals. Would highly recommend if you are in or near nosara. We made our appointment the week of and were able to come in.
Written 27 May 2019
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vikingschick80
roseville8 contributions
a nosara must do!
Apr 2019 • Family
my family and i were all so glad we came to visit the refuge, it was highly informative and very moving to meet the people that have dedicated their lives to the wildlife of Costa Rica.

we spent about an hour learning about the challenges of a fast growing population (humans) and their impact on a declining population of animals as the two learn to co-habitate. then onto a video presentation and last after careful instruction, we got to see the animals they are currently working with. baby howler monkeys, a few adults, a pizote (coati), were some of the stars.

this is not a petting zoo, as humans can transmit illnesses that affect the animals drastically more than the human carriers. you are asked to be in good health and in the country for at least three days before your visit. they are cautious to prioritize the safety of the animals so while pictures are allowed, they ask you to not post to social media...most reputable sanctuaries follow this guideline.

i feel this was a must do, and the donations are well worth the visit, i wish every visitor to nosara would take the time to see the great work being done by the refuge and reflect on our impact in the animals home :)

they do require reservations, and i was sad to see someone give an unfavorable review because they claimed the website did not note they were needed. the website absolutely does, and did at the time of their visit, as i had already looked into the refuge long before...just thought i would note that since it brings their rating down.

thank you for the special experience and we hope to visit your new location in a few years!
Written 28 April 2019
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favites
Baltimore, MD5 contributions
inspiring and educational visit!
Mar 2019 • Family
Went with the family this past week-- everyone including our teenagers were enthralled by the work here and the getting to see some of the howlers up close. The few hours went quite quickly , the talk was to the point and comprehensive. Would highly recommend!
Written 24 March 2019
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adventuregurl44
Milford, CT115 contributions
Don’t miss This
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is the real deal, intensely dedicated, professional and doing everything possible to change the fate of those who are at the mercy of human negligence. You will learn so much about Howlers and other darling creatures, not rumors, but science and facts. Help them by going and learning!
We are recommending this to all of our guests! Thank you Brenda and staff! Amazing experience!
Written 3 March 2019
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annemcguire2018
Canada23 contributions
Monkey Business !
Feb 2019 • Solo
I found myself in the Nosara area of Costa Rica, and decided to book a tour of the Nosara Howler Monkey Sanctuary , about a 5 minute tuktuk ride from the Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort Hotel. The sanctuary is up on a hill, and is housed mostly in what used to be a very large bed and breakfast mansion. Pam was our tour guide and a retired nurse from the United States . She has been living in Costa Rica and volunteering at the sanctuary for the last five years. She gave a very informative talk at the beginning of the tour, that lasted approximately 60 minutes. We learned that baby howler monkeys were largely orphaned due to their mothers being electrocuted by the bare, uncovered wires overhead, among the jungle trees. The sanctuary was working hard to educate the public, and interact with the local government and utility companies, in order to properly cover the electrical wires and transformers with protective rubber. After our educational talk, Pam took us inside the sanctuary for a short video clip outlining the progress being made, before embarking us on a tour of the facility itself. We witnessed tiny orphaned howlers, safely climbing around their cage, and interacting with a human volunteer who hand-fed them every 2-3 hours ! What a lovely , inspiring morning I had !
Written 25 February 2019
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Gary S
San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico11 contributions
Memorable Experience
Feb 2019 • Couples
The tour involved Brenda, the founder, explaining how the refuge started, its growth and what they are doing now to save and protect wildlife. It was awesome. We also visited areas where animals are being rehabilitated. Unfortunately mankind will affect wildlife at times no matter what preventative measures are taken. It is comforting that the RFW is there to help when needed.
Written 10 February 2019
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leslie
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
Advocates
Jan 2019 • Solo
Doing great things for the wildlife of Costa Rica. Happy to have visited and get to know more about the challenges for wildlife locally.
Written 30 January 2019
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