Eden writes: volunteering at the Jaguar Rescue Centre

Posted on: March 21st, 2014

Yesterday we went to the Jaguar Rescue Centre to volunteer and spend more time with the animals and actually feed them and play with them, not just see them in their cages.

First we went to feed the parrots. We fed them sunflower seeds. Their names were Molly, Mini Molly, Super Molly, and Blueby.


Mini Molly




Super Molly

Super Molly was sitting on the roof watching us feed the others and told us that she wanted some too by saying “Hola!” It was very funny!

We also saw a squirrel named Sammy. I GOT TO PET IT!! I’ve always dreamed of petting a squirrel!


“Can I have a seed too?”

Then we fed Tequila the Keel-billed Toucan. Tequila’s favourite food was papaya.


Tequila eating papaya

We also fed a Mexican hairy porcupine. It was adorable!

This is the porcupine's food. Doesn't it look delicious?

This is the Punxulina’s food. Doesn’t it look delicious?


This is Punxulina the Mexican Hairy Porcupine

We saw an oropendola bird that has a clipped wing. They make a pretty sound like water dropping into a bowl.


“Don’t mess with my beak – it’s really sharp!”

Next, we fed the monkeys with baby bottles. The monkeys would climb on our shoulders and drink the milk. It was so cute!


This is Zoe feeding two howler monkeys


Me feeding Nerea


Me feeding Aldo


Me feeding Aldo


Two howlers fighting over a milk bottle


Nerea the spider monkey and a howler beside her


Me and Zoe feeding three howlers


A howler sitting on Zoe’s shoulder enjoying milk


Julia a baby white-faced capuchin monkey drinks milk


Two howlers fighting over a bottle of milk


A howler doing a Buddha pose


A howler lying down enjoying a bottle of milk


Julia loving a bottle of milk

After that, we went to pick some flowers for the sloths. There are 5 sloths. Four of them liked red hibiscus flowers and one of them liked a purple flower (didn’t know what it was called).


Yemanya and Tyson eating their yummy flowers


“Yummy yummy flowers, just one more please”


“Hello, there”



Then our tour guide Gisela brought out a baby kinkajou named Suri and a baby sloth. They were so cute! Suri was very playful. Gisela said that we couldn’t pet the baby sloth because it could get sick very easily. It’s only two months old.


“Why are you waking me up so early”


“Yawn, I’m so tired”


“Hey I wanted to get in there”



“Ahhh this blanket is so warm”


“Why hello there”


Me and Zoe meeting new friends


“Just snuggling in”


“Who’s that”


“If it’s not Gisela holding me, who is?

My favourite animal there was Suri the kinkajou.

I loved spending more time with the animals!


25 Responses

  1. Sue Shantz says:

    Wow Eden, how wonderful that you could volunteer at the center.
    The animals are absolutely adorable. It looks like you and Zoe really had your hands full feeding the monkeys! :-)
    I can see why Suri would have been your favourite.

  2. Kristen B. says:

    Wow! You are so fortunate to have held all of those animals! I would love to feed a bottle to a monkey! I bet the campers at FLC would love to see some of these pictures and hear about Costa Rican animals. What a unique experience.

  3. Marcia says:

    Hi Eden,
    From this side of the computer I am able SEE and HEAR your innermost JOY in this most recent experience! I enjoyed the fun sayings in the photo captions too. Was it loud in the sanctuary with all the animals and birds vying for your attention? I am learning a lot through this whole blog. Thanks!

  4. Madeline says:

    Hi Eden,

    I liked the sloths. And my mom really liked all the monkeys. Looks like you had a lot of fun feeding them all.
    I would like to talk to you soon.
    I love you (and Zoe too). (and Rebecca and Derek and Madeline).
    take care,
    Madeline, Bethany and Amelia

    • Rebecca says:

      Hi Madeline, Amelia, and Bethany,

      How are you?
      What did you do for March break?
      What is the temperature in Canada?

      Note to Amelia:
      Can you talk yet?

      Note to Madeline:
      How is preschool?

      Thanks for the comment.

      I miss you,
      Eden :)

  5. brandon says:

    …I noticed that no-one asked one of the most important questions of all – did anyone poop on you?
    Looking forward to seeing you soonish.

    Uncle Brandon

    • Rebecca says:

      Hi, Brandon

      How are you?
      No, nobody pooped on me.
      While were on the subject some monkeys dropped
      a little milk on me. (But I tried to dodge it).
      Thanks for the comment.

      I miss you,


  6. Lisa Carr-Pries says:

    Hi Eden,
    This is a wonderful post! You both look like you kept very busy! What a wonderful experience! It is so neat to see all of your pictures. You look like you were having a fabulous time!
    Keep writing!

  7. Rachel Diller Harder says:

    Great pictures! What a wonderful experience. I keep your posts up on the computer so we can all enjoy and read them. Feeding those baby monkeys did not look easy but it did look fun.

    • Rebecca says:

      Hi, Rachel

      How are you?
      It was a great experience. It wasn’t that hard to feed the monkeys.
      Thanks for the comment.

      I miss you,

  8. Doris Bean says:

    Hi Rebecca, Eden and Zoe,
    I really love reading your blog. I feel like I am experiencing Costa Rica through your words and pictures.
    I love animals and am thrilled to see animals we don’t normally get to see and touch here in Canada. The babies are always so cute!!

    Thank you for taking the time to write about your time in Costa Rica and for the treat pictures that really help bring everything to life for me!

    I always look forward to getting up early and reading your blog entries while I drink by first coffee of the day.

    I look forward to more stories!


  9. Grandma S says:

    Hi Zoe and Eden!
    Wow….what a wonderful collection of fun pics with you and the animals; I especially liked the pics where you’re feeding the monkeys. Looks like such fun!
    We miss you and can hardly wait to see you and spend time together. Grandpa and I leave Europe tomorrow, March 25th and are looking forward to being back in New Hamburg.
    Thank you for sharing your fun experiences!
    Please say Hi to your Mom and Dad!
    Love the red t-shirt, Eden!
    Love you, Grandma S

  10. Melissa Seiling says:

    Eden and Zoe! This looks like way too much fun… like, um, a barrel full of monkeys or something like that. I know you’re not supposed to have favourites generally… but my favourite is Julia… those eyes!!! Thank you so much for posting! Have fun with grandma and grandpa soon!
    Love to all of you! Aunt Melissa

    • Rebecca says:

      Hi, Melissa

      How are you?
      Say, hi to Sim and Jon for me!
      I can see how you think Julia is cute!
      Thanks for commenting!

      I miss you,

  11. Mrs. Matsuo's Class says:

    Hi Eden,
    The pictures of the baby sloths were really cute. (Ella F.) It was really funny when you put the captions for Suri, especially the one when he was yawning. It was really cute. (Grace and Cedar) The monkeys were really cute when they were grabbing on your hair. (Layakwas) It was really funny when the two monkeys were fighting over the milk bottle. (Simon K-S and Paras) It was funny when you put “peek-a-boo” as a caption. (Ella D.) It was cute when the little porcupine was staring at you when you were giving him the food. (Stella) I wonder how it would feel to have one of the sloths climbing on my head – painful or ticklish? (Kean) It was really funny when the monkey was climbing all over you. (Lele) The kinkajou was cute. (Jordan) I have a book at home with a picture of baby monkeys. (Jack) Thanks so much for sharing all the pictures from your wonderful day at the rescue centre. We miss you! Glad we’re going to see you soon!
    The Green Class

  12. Hi,
    I stumbled on your wonderful blog today, and saw that you had volunteered at Jaguar Rescue Center with your daughter. We’ve wanted to do that for a long time (my husband and 3 kids), but didn’t think they accepted children. We hope to be in that area next winter and would love to volunteer, but I don’t think we can swing a full 2 weeks, 8-3pm. Were you able to make other arrangements? Ideally, we’d love to volunteer a few hours a day for a week or so. If you can offer us any guidance, I would be so grateful.

    Thanks so much for you blog. It’s great! And such fun to read.
    Many Thanks!

    • Rebecca says:

      Hi Temple, We had a great time – though we volunteered in a bit of an unconventional way. We were in Cahuita for a month, but also didn’t feel we could swing 2 full weeks, like you said. We went for 4 afternoons and this was wonderful – the girls really felt like they got to know some of the animals. They got to pet, interact with, and feed many of the animals. I’ll send you a message with more details if you’d like.

  13. Elias and Aisha says:

    Thanks for sharing your adventure. We wish we were with you! Aisha wanted to pet the kinkajou, and so did Elias.
    Love, aisha

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