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MARSUPIALS: 25-30%

The majority of new arrivals at the Center have either been attacked by dogs, electrocuted or are orphaned babies. Though many people think opossums are dirty, they are actually great to have around. One opossum can eat more than 5,000 ticks a year, helping to control Lyme disease!

  •  Opossums of 4-5 different specie
  •  Common Opossum
  •  Central American Woolly Opossum
  •  Four – Eyed Opossum
  •  Mouse Opossum

PROCYONIDS: 25-30%

Frequently electrocuted, orphaned babies or occasionally relocating healthy animals from their dens.

  •  Raccoons
  •  Northern Raccoon
  •  Crab Eating raccoon
  •  Kinkajous
  •  Coatis
  •  Olingos

Other Mammals in Costa Rica

Raccoon Costa Rica

Bats in Costa Rica

WILD CATS 2-5%

Usually arrive having been confiscated due to illegal trafficking. All 6 species of wildcats in Costa Rica are endangered due to habitat loss, poaching, illegal trafficking, etc. The most frequent wild cats that we receive are:

  •  Margays
  •  Ocelots
  •  Jaguarundis
  •  Pumas

MUSTELIDOS: 2-5%

The mains examples of mustelid in the region are the Greater grison or the tayra and are usually admitted into the center having been hit by a car or orphaned.


RODENTS: 5-20%

Squirrels, agoutis and pacas. The main reasons they need our help is after an attack by a dog or cat or falling from a tree. Babies are frequently found as orphans.


OTHERS: 2-10%

Any other animal that arrives for any reason, we treat and try to reintroduce back into the wild if it is possible.

  •  Deer: hunted, hit by cars or confiscated
  •  Rabbits: kept as pets or attacked by cats
  •  Bats: We take care of all kinds of bats. Adults that are sick or have been attacked by cats or other animals, as well as orphans

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