Rescued wildlife preserve helps injured animals defy the odds

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Jaguar, Costa Rica, Animal, Las Paz

Less than an hour away from San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, lives one of the most diverse assemblies of species in the entire country. Home to more than 100 different types of animals, La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park and Wildlife Refuge helps injured and rescued animals recover before being returned to the wild.

Giving hundreds of animals a second chance at life, visitors can see a wide range of exotic and colorful birds, white faced and spider monkeys, jungle cats, and some of the most beautiful and lethal snakes in Central America.

As the most visited privately owned ecological attraction in Costa Rica, according to Go Visit Costa Rica, the history of the park dates back to World War II when the United States Army Corps of Engineers built a road to and bridge over the La Paz River, which opened up the area to locals and tourists. Spanning 70 acres, La Paz Waterfall Gardens now features 3.5 km of hiking trails, ten animal exhibits, and five waterfalls.

Here’s a look at some of the animals on the road to recovery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park and Wildlife Refuge.

Parrot, Costa Rica, Animal, Las Paz,

Sloth, Costa Rica, Animal, Las Paz

Toucan, Costa Rica, Animal, Las Paz

This post was inspired by The Daily Post’s photo challenge. To join their next challenge, check out their blog. New themes are announced every Friday.

17 Comments
  • Rupali March 29, 2017, 2:38 am Reply

    Wonderful captures.

  • bedlamanddaisies February 23, 2017, 12:52 pm Reply

    Beautiful captures! And that sloth is so cute!

  • Mabel Kwong February 23, 2017, 6:07 am Reply

    Beautiful close ups. Wonderfully done.

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    • Jon February 26, 2017, 4:54 pm

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    Splendid pictures!

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    Wonderful take on the Challenge.

    • Jon February 20, 2017, 11:23 pm

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  • rxfrazier February 20, 2017, 1:40 am Reply

    👍for the sloth!

    • Jon February 20, 2017, 11:28 pm

      Thanks! He was feeling very photogenic that afternoon 🙂

  • Vicky February 18, 2017, 9:28 am Reply

    Beautiful animal and bird shots…

    • Jon February 18, 2017, 10:48 am

      Thanks so much!

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