Refugio Herpetológico was founded in Santa Ana 13 years ago by a very young biologist, Rodolfo Vargas, who took up a difficult and expensive challenge: to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals and then release them in their natural habitat.
Today, an average of 700 animals (monkeys, birds, snakes, turtles, lizards, leopards…) from all over the country arrive to this shelter in need of veterinary attention. Unfortunately, not all creatures can be free again. Sometimes their wounds forced them to live in the shelter for life.
Costa Rica does not have a state animal rescue center, nor does the Ministry of Environment allocate resources to private shelters such as Rodolfo’s. His shelter copes with expenses with the little revenue from visits, which is hardly enough, since it needs ultrasound machines, x-rays, a kitchen and improvements in the clinic.
If you want to support this cause you can visit Refugio Herpetológico, in El Alto de las Palomas in Santa Ana.
If you want to make a donation in cash or supplies, call 2282- 4614 to reach Rodolfo and his team.