Feline Friends of Costa Rica and Where to Find Them

There are six wild cat species in Costa Rica. The wild cats are usually hiding up in trees or are active only at night. In the vast country of Costa Rica, there are many places where you can see these wildcats.  Here are some locations you can visit to see the wild cats of Costa Rica:

Northern Mountains of Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Being considered as one of the most famous cloud forests in the world, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve boasts a large variety of animals and many contributions to conservation efforts and scientific studies. You will find ocelots, pumas, jaguars, jaguarundis, and margays.

Northwest Area of Costa Rica

Las Pumas Rescue Center

Outside the city in a place called Cañas, you will find the Las Pumas Rescue Center. In the center, you will discover jaguarundis, jaguars, pumas, margays, and ocelots. The center encourages people to appreciate and respect wildlife by displaying the different types of animals and their life-cycles. 

Las Pumas Rescue Center
Las Pumas Rescue Center

Santa Rosa National Park

In the entirety of Costa Rica, Santa Rosa National Park was the first park to be established. In this park, along with a massive collection of fauna and flora in its forests, you will find the last tropical dry forest on Earth. In the park, you’ll be able to spot jaguars, jaguarundi, ocelots, cougars.

Central Pacific Region of Costa Rica

Carara National Park

The Carara is one of Costa Rica’s most breathtaking national park, which you will find in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Region. The park has many different kinds of fauna and flora. Alongside the wildlife, the park has many different environments like gallery forests, marshlands, and lagoons. In this park, you will find margay cats, jaguars, and ocelots, which are some of the wild cat species.

Central Valley of Costa Rica

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

In the La Paz Waterfall Garden, you will be able to see a jaguar almost close up through a glass window. You will get to watch jaguars, jaguarundis, pumas and more as they enjoy themselves and show off their abilities. This place is on a mission to preserve the wild cat species’ genetics.

Southern Pacific Region of Costa Rica

Corcovado National Park

On the Osa Peninsula’s southern coast, the Corcovado National Park is the home of a large number of unique exotic fauna and wildlife. The park houses many kinds of animals, including ocelots, pumas, margays, jaguarundis, and jaguars. The park has the largest population of jaguars in Central America.

Southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica

Curu Wildlife Reserve

The Curu Wildlife Reserve is a private reserve which you will find on the southern Nicoya Peninsula. In the private reserve, you will find wildlife which you can watch from the trails or the ranger station. You will be able to see wild pumas, margays, and ocelots. 

Southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica
Southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica

Caribbean Region of Costa Rica

Jaguar Rescue Center

The Jaguar Rescue Center, which is located in Puerto Viejo, is a non-profit organization that aims to rescue then rehabilitate wildlife. Once the animals are rehabilitated, they will be released into protected places. In the center, you will be allowed to meet with wild cats and much more animals. Even if it is called the Jaguar Rescue Center, they rescue many kinds of animals.