Las Pumas Rescue Center and Sanctuary was founded by a couple from Switzerland: Mr. Werner Hagnauer and his wife Mrs. Lilly Bodmer. They arrived in Costa Rica in 1959 when Mr. Werner came to work at the well-known “Hacienda La Pacífica” in Cañas, Guanacaste. In 1971 they bought the ranch, continuing with the project of sustainable farming.
At that time, deforestation in Guanacaste was at its highest point, so several wild animals lost their habitat or were caught to be kept as “pets” or for illegal trade. That’s why Mrs. Lilly, who always had a conservationist vision, started to receive wildlife from particulars, MINAE officers, and she even bought some of the animals to save their lives and provide them with a proper care. In 1985, they decided to sell the ranch and maintained about 25 Ha where, in 1989, they founded what we now know as Las Pumas Rescue Center and Sanctuary.
Mrs. Lilly passed away in 2001 and Mr. Werner in 2015, but they both left an invaluable legacy for wildlife conservation in Costa Rica: Las Pumas Rescue Center and Sanctuary.
In 2001, when Mrs. Lilly passed away, Mr. Werner and some friends decided to create the Hagnauer Foundation in her honor. This Foundation is a non-profit organization in charge of the administration and funds of Las Pumas Rescue Center and Sanctuary.
The Foundation obtains its funds from the entrance of visitors to our Sanctuary, as well as from donations, sponsorships, activities and sale of souvenirs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors is formed by 5 members, who oversee the management and administration of Las Pumas Rescue Center and Sanctuary.
Our objective is the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife received in a situation of vulnerability. Unfortunately, not all the animals can go back to nature, so we have two independent parts which work together: The Rescue Center and the Sanctuary.
The Rescue Center is completely closed to public, since here we rehabilitate the animals that will have the possibility to be released, so they shouldn’t be in contact with people. Know better the work we do in our section “The Rescue Center”!
On the other side, in the Sanctuary we maintain the animals that were rescued and rehabilitated but for some reason couldn’t go back to nature. Know more about the animals that you will see when you visit us on our section “The Sanctuary”!
Rescue, rehabilitate, release and guarantee the quality of life of the wildlife in Costa Rica, motivating the respect and love to these animals and also educating about their nature.
To be a self-sufficient NGO to consolidate and optimize environmental education programs while we rescue and rehabilitate wildlife at risk situations.
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Thanks to our labor in wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release, as well as in environmental education, we obtained important certifications:
Certification from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS)
In 2017 we obtained the GFAS Certification, becoming the second Rescue Center in Costa Rica with this important award.
Our staff is formed by a great team where respect, trust and communication have been the key to maintain an equilibrium and give our best effort for the welfare of our rescued animals.