Our newest addition to Waterfall Gardens is the Jungle Cat exhibit. Walk on the wild side as you come face to face with a 200 lb. Jaguar looking back at you through safety glass. Through our educational signage you will discover interesting facts about all six of the species of wild felines of the tropical Americas. The Jaguarundi is our own welcome committee as he delights in playing hide and seek and showing off his speed and agility. Our friendly pumas leap around their habitat and often come to greet our visitors, and our breeding pair of jaguars will delight you with their affectionate behaviors as they play, lick and snuggle together. Here you will see five out of the six species of endangered Central American Cats and as soon as we can build another habitat we will bring our Oncilla from our sister property The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal to represent all six of the species found in North, Central and South America.
The center that previously housed these animals lost funding and had to close. The MINAE (the Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment) did not have the resources to care for the 35 felines so they were placed under the care of La Paz Waterfall Gardens. The cats were either very old, injured, or had been exposed to humans for too long to be released back into the wild. Our mission is to preserve the genetics of the wild cat species in Costa Rica.
Please note that we are completely against the capture or trade of illegally confiscated animals and we will one day seek to release the offspring of our cats into protected zones if a safe and reliable training program can be developed to do so.