About Us


In 1990, Rescate Animal Zooave was born under a new administration with a new vision, prioritizing conservation and animal welfare. The previously owned Zooave opened its doors in the 1960’s and was a small private zoo located in La Garita de Alajuela (in the Central Valley of the country) with facilities and a framework that at the time focused on the export and exhibition of wildlife. The principal motivation of the previously owned facilities was to earn profit from the animals.

The new administration’s goal was to eliminate the previous inadequate location and move the animals to a larger property of 36 acres that borders the Itiquís River and forms an important biological corridor in the area.

This then evolved into a new inspiration for creating a non-profit organization with modern facilities. Rescate Animal Zooave, operated by the Fundación Restauración de la Naturaleza (The Nature Restoration Foundation), would focus on conservation, animal welfare and environmental education.

Rescate Animal Zooave Wildlife Conservation Park

Rescate Animal Zooave Park is located in La Garita de Alajuela, just 40 minutes from San José and 15 minutes from Juan Santa María International Airport.

Within our park you will find beautiful botanical gardens and more than 125 species of animals, among them birds, mammals and reptiles that have been rescued and, due to health or behavioral reasons, cannot be fully rehabilitated for reintroduction into their natural habitat. The large enclosures are naturally designed to offer these animals quality of life and enrichment.

Our walking trails are fully accessible and we have rental wagons for children as well as complementary wheelchair loan. We also have ample parking space.

More information


Our Projects

Centro de Rescate de Vida Silvestre Tropical (CRVST)
More information
Centro de Reproducción de Animales en Vías de Extinción (CRAVE)
More information
Educación Ambiental
More information

Release Projects

Methodology and Research

Sitio de Liberación en el Valle Central
More information
Sitio de Liberación Parque Nacional Piedras Blancas
More information
Centro de Rescate de Vida Silvestre Tropical (CRVST)
More information

Our Achievements


In 2011, our foundation became certified as the only rescue center in Costa Rica accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).

In 2016, we resumed construction of a new Wildlife Hospital with an area of 7 acres, which was completed in in 2017. This new facility has tripled our capacity for receiving wild animals in need of rescue and rehabilitation, allowing us to serve more than 7,500 animals per year.

In November of 2016 we received Kivú, an elderly lion rescued from the Simón Bolívar National Zoo. Here, Kivú was able to live out his last days with dignity and a quality of life where he enjoyed much more space, attention, and an ideal diet for his species.

We built a special off-exhibit enclosure here for Kivú in a forested area of 4,000 square feet, which today serves as a rehabilitation enclosure for wild cats.

More information



Donations-Contact us

Fundación Restauración de la Naturaleza

Tax ID Number: 3006171553
Phone Number: 506+ 2433 8989

Sponsor a Rescued Animal


Dollars Account:
Master Account: 10400340519520925
Account Number: 03-4-05-19520-9

Colones Account:
Master Account: 10400340519519017
Account Number: 03-4-05-19519-0


Send us your comments