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Jungle Cats

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 most of the species of wild felines of the tropical Americas. Our friendly pumas leap around their habitat and often come to greet our visitors, and our successful breeding pair of jaguars will delight you with their affectionate behaviors as they play, lick and snuggle together. Here you will see most of the six species of endangered Central American Cats.

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.