Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary
Focus: Animal care and Conservation.
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Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary and Penjamo Community Wildlife Refuge has been created on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, on the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and near to the beach towns of Santa Teresa and Montezuma.
The Rainsong Sanctuary and Wildlife Rescue Center are located in Cabuya, on the edge of Costa Rica's oldest National Park, "Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco."
Our community refuge stretches from Playa Coyote to Paquera, including (to date) almost 3000 hectares (7500 acres) of protected habitat, a figure already larger than the nearby Cabo Blanco Reserve, and this figure is growing rapidly as additional property owners sign up.
Create a "Community" Wildlife Refuge by gathering signatures of conservation-minded individual landowners who are committed to stopping hunting and providing safe habitat for animals. In the first few weeks we have already signed up over 7500 acres to the Penjamo Community Wildlife Refuge.
Provide information and assistance in reforesting the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. We are already providing half-price seedlings of endangered hardwoods and native fruit trees favored by wildlife.
Operate a badly needed regional wildlife hospital for the rescue of injured or abandoned animals and birds.
Re-introduce endangered species to the areas where they've become extinct in the past few decades. These include the endangered Three-toed Sloth, Baird's Tapir, Quetzal, Spider Monkeys, Kinkajous, Tepezquintles (pacas), Tamandua Anteaters, Green Iguanas, Crested Guan, Chachalacs, native pigeons and quail, Scarlet Macaws...
Costs & Benefits
Since March of 2005 we have been taking in injured or abandoned wildlife. We have also treated and released numerous animals & birds those with permanent handicaps are being cared for in comfortable habitats. We spend many hours each day caring for the wildlife in the rescue centre. The volunteers help us with this. We are continually in the process of clearing brush, landscaping, and building more animal habitats for the hospital and breeding areas. We have a tremendous amount of work to do, and usually have 6 or more volunteers helping. We can always use more, so please contact us if you would like to help. Our project is unique, so you will have the pleasure of knowing that your efforts have had a major impact on a world renowned project.
While you're here, enjoy the nearby beaches, nature tours, waterfalls, and hiking in virgin forest. Learn tropical gardening (biodynamic, permaculture, co-creative...), animal husbandry, camping and trekking skills, reflexology, identification and gathering of exotic fruits, wild edibles, and native medicinal, wildlife studies, building natural shelters, and help learning conversational Spanish.
Volunteers enjoy many free activities: fishing and snorkelling excursions to Isla Cabuya, jungle and waterfall trips, wildlife hikes, and other group activities.
Plus, enjoy volunteers' discounts for nature tours by horse, fishing and snorkelling trips by boat, boat tours, entrance to Montezuma Butterfly Gardens, and other activities.
We will make every effort to ensure that you enjoy your visit to Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary!!!
Click HERE to download the Volunteer Application form.
Minimum stay -- one week.
4 hour workdays, 6 days a week (animal care, landscaping, gardening, construction)
Volunteers' tasks are assigned according to their talents and preferences.
All Rainsong volunteers (WWOOF-ers included) will be required to donate $20 per week to help us cover our increasing costs for maintaining the animals in the Rescue Centre.
This $20 per week is in addition to any lodging fee the volunteers pay.
Until we acquire funding thru grants, our project is funded only by donations. (And mary & simon´s personal money).
We hope to attract volunteers who are truly motivated to help the project.
Please cooperate with this policy.
Many conservation projects throughout the world acquire funding by charging volunteers hundreds of dollars weekly.
$20 per week is a small donation to ask for.
Do not come to Rainsong unless you are willing to help selflessly.
No skills required. Must be able to work in harmony within a group of people from diverse cultures. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary
Cobano de Puntarenas
Tel: 011 506 2642 1265
Location:Cobano de Puntarenas - Costa Rica
Average cost per day: $3 plus lodging
Focus: Animal Care and Conservation
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old