Save Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center

It is now 5 months and counting that Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center has faced visitor restrictions, meaning 89% of our funding has disappeared. But there is no lockdown on PREVENTING EXTINCTION or RESCUING INJURED  AND ORPHANED ANIMALS! We have kept rescuing wildlife despite the financial pressures, and we are receiving more animals than ever as smaller rescue centers close down. It is essential to our survival that we raise $50,000 by December, and we will continue the campaign until we are financially stable. Please donate to the #saveRescate campaign now!

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“Without biodiversity, there is no future for humanity,” - Professor David Macdonald, Oxford University.

Over the last 30 years, Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (formerly named Rescate Animal Zooave) has played a huge part in Costa Rica’s biodiversity protection through wildlife rescue and release and endangered species breeding. Costa Rica is home to over 5% of the world’s estimated species, so the work we do is crucial for the future of humanity. 

We are the largest rescue center of our kind and we partner with officials, the Costa Rican Government, and members of the public to take in and rehabilitate nearly 3000 animals per year, including sloths, jaguar, monkeys, toucans, coyotes, pumas, small cats and many more species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Our breeding program has reintroduced several endangered species to regions of the Costa Rican wild, including the Geoffroy’s spider monkey, the Scarlet Macaw, and more: a total of over 500 animals and with plans to reintroduce another 300 Scarlet Macaws by 2031.

Incredibly, visitors to the Lifetime Care Sanctuary have sustained our funding for 30 years, accounting for 99.9% of funds. Now, with the COVID-19 restrictions, we are struggling to fund even the most essential operations. We believe that this campaign can see us through the hard times as we wait for restrictions to ease. 

We are doing everything we can to reduce daily operational costs. We have experienced a heart-warming level of food donations and medical supplies from local people and businesses. In addition, many of our staff members are postponing payment of their wages, and contributing a massive amount of voluntary hours which has significantly reduced our labor cost.  These actions have enabled us to reduce the monthly running cost from $45,000 to $28,000, however despite our best efforts, our financial reserves are dwindling fast, and we urgently need donations until our visitor levels return to normal. We are aiming for £50,000 by October to see us through, and will continue the campaign until we are financially stable.

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The wildlife of Costa Rica has nowhere else to turn! Please donate now!

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